Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church
We are an energetic and passionate group of religious liberals who gather in community in a common search for and celebration of the values and understandings that give meaning to our lives. Our membership is a blend of families, couples and single people, from infants to retired folks.
The people here come from many walks of life and backgrounds—some of us were once members of other denominations and some were “unchurched.” There are Christians, humanists, agnostics, pagans, and other forms of spirituality among the congregation. Since we are not a “theology-based” (creedal) religion, individuals are invited to create their own belief system. We are an ethical religion, which means that our actions—the ways we live our lives—are more important than beliefs. We are a religion of “deeds, not creeds.” Amid our theological diversity, we share a devotion to freedom, a commitment to reason and a belief in the sanctity of human beings.
We continue to learn from our past and seek to build on our liberal heritage by caring for one another and expanding our spiritual quest. Our community is a place where we nurture our spiritual selves and discover ways to express our individual ministries.
Rather than teaching a particular set of beliefs we seek to nurture an inquiring mind, a tolerant spirit and a loving and concerned heart.
Over the years Unitarian Universalists have developed a series of principles and sources which inform our individual and collective beliefs and activities.
The Children’s Religious Education program is provided for all ages of children each Sunday. This superb program is graded according to interest and ability and age; it is participatory, child-centered, value enhancing and grounded in our Unitarian Universalist religious heritage. Quality nursery and toddler care is also available.
Religious Education is the lifelong process by which we develop our under-standings of and commitment toward life’s important values and meanings.
Various evening and Saturday classes and workshops on a wide range of topics are offered throughout the church year. These session also provide opportunities for the strengthening of interpersonal ties between members of the congregation.
Our popular “Chalice Circles” program offers the opportunity for folks to gather in small groups for the purpose of “intimacy and ultimacy”—to meet friends and to deepen individual’s personal spirituality.
Today Unitarian Universalism is distinguished not so much by its opposition to other beliefs as by its affirmations of human dignity and the profound interdependence of existence.
In recognition of our affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of all persons, and in accordance with our by-laws, our congregation “celebrates the full participation of all persons in all of its activities, including membership without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, marital status, age or national origin.”
© Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church 2008