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We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Guided by the UUA Principles and Purposes, our mission is to live in harmony with each other and nature, and to act with peace, compassion, and justice for all.


Stop Calling the Police and Start Eradicating Anti-Blackness

As we mourn the death of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police, and as we respond to COVID-19, which continues to disproportionately impact Black communities, the UUA denounces anti-Black racism and the inherent violence of policing. Police brutality is a symptom of white supremacy and anti-Black racism, and as people of faith and conscience dedicated to justice and liberation, we must name this truth.

This is an invitation for all UU individuals and congregations to pause and do some deep self-reflection on the ways in which we are called to confront and combat these forces.

First UU News and Events

Loving Our Enemies

by Jaimee McGuire Dust of Snow by AJ Fox Our opening words today are Do Not Be Alone Right Now, by Rev Karen G Johnston. Do not be alone right now. Gather together. Gathering together Read more…

To Be Loved

by Rev Michelle Scott-Huffman An exploration of the many ways we practice love, especially those that build Beloved Community. As Love Moves Outward Activity Our Director of Religious Education, AJ Fox, shared this meditation on Read more…

Walking with the Wind

The Beloved Community [is] not a goal or destination, and it was not any kind of idealistic, Christian utopian dream, but instead a way of being - spiritually, politically, economically, emotionally, intellectually. Beloved Community is an attitude, an orientation of the heart; it’s a disciplined understanding of your own relationship to other people, to everyone else on the planet, to every living thing. If you are religious, this is a religious discipline, and it goes by many names. If you are seeking spiritual wholeness, spiritual balance, it is a spiritual discipline. If you are an ethical humanist, it is a deliberate moral stance. It is a daily practice, a spiritual politics, that requires inclusivity, nonviolence, and the hard discipline of radical hospitality. It requires love, agape...

Imagine Beloved Community

by Michael Rodrigues Jr, Mike Brown, Monica McNeal, and Susanne Bounds Our Chalice Lighting words are from Fulgence Ndagijamana in Lifting Our Voices: Readings in the Living Tradition: When strangers meet, endless possibilities emerge…Each is Read more…

Imagine Equity and Justice

by Rev Michelle Scott-Huffman Our opening words are “It begins now in the imagination” by Rev. Gretchen Haley. It starts hereIn this momentIn this breathYou feel risingIn your chestThis beat building between usThe healing, the Read more…

A Culture of Inclusion

The Welcoming Renewal Committee encourages every member and friend of the congregation to complete the “Trans Inclusion in Congregations” course. The six session self-paced online video and reading series is completed individually. This course is Read more…

Imagine Inspired Leadership

by Rev Michelle Our Opening words today are “There is Room Here for You” by Mary Edes If God is your strength and companionand prayer the means of centering your thoughts,There is room for you Read more…

Imagine 2021

by Colleen Appel “Maybe our most important work is to re-imagine imagination,” writes Scott Tayler about this month’s Soul Matters theme. Colleen Appel asked congregants to submit images and six word descriptions about what they Read more…

Hope in Human Form

by Rev Michelle Scott-Huffman A fresh look at the Christmas story in conversation with the traditions that surrounded Jesus of Nazareth at his birth. Our Opening words today are Winter Solstice, by Rebecca Parker Perhapsfor Read more…

Music in the Stillness

In December we usually host a service that is rich with the music of the season. This Sunday we are bringing you holiday favorites to your home. We look forward to years where we can Read more…

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