Our vision as a Church is to inspire more people to lead lives of meaning and purpose.
Our mission as a congregation can be summarized in three words: Connect, Grow and Serve.
How then, do we help people lead lives of meaning and purpose? By connecting you with your highest values and with others who share them; by providing opportunities for you to grow in wisdom and compassion; and to encourage you to serve needs greater than your own.
Connecting you with your highest values...
- by attending worship services designed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable...
- by engaging your mind, your intellect, your questions, your doubts, your assumptions...
- by inviting your participation in small groups, in classes, in workshops, in discussions over coffee, dinner, wine or other attractive beverages...
Helping you to grow in wisdom and compassion
- by being in relationship and community with others
- by engaging with sacred texts, religious ideas, with religious and spiritual practice
- by finding a community to support in daily spiritual practice of mind, body, heart or spirit.
Serving needs greater than your own
- by inviting you into intentional service, whether by direct aide or legislation or community organizing
- by encouraging you to step out of our comfort zone and encounter "the other"
- by supporting your efforts to be an active agent of change against the "isms" - racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, able-ism, classism - all those societal constructs that maintain the illusion of separateness.
A little history
To know who we are – a little history of Unitarian Universalism might be helpful.Unitarian Universalism is a liberal and inclusive faith concerned with religious freedom, spiritual depth, caring community and social activism.
Unitarian Universalism has its roots in the free church traditions which can be traced back to 16th century Europe; most notably Hungary and Transylvania. However, the belief in freedom of thought, the use of reason as applied to religious ideas and beliefs, and acceptance of differences go back even before the Protestant Reformation. Beginning in the early part of the 20th century, we have grown to become a theologically diverse community of seekers who believe we need not think alike to love alike. Sitting in our pews are persons who consider themselves Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Pagan, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist Unitarian Universalists. We have persons in our congregation who have been raised as Unitarian Universalists since childhood, and others who only recently discovered this faith from other traditions. We have those who would consider themselves simply “UUs,” without attaching a particular theological identity. We are proud of our diversity of mind and spirit.
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church was chartered in the Fall of 1946, and the first building built in May of 1952. In 1962, the sanctuary as it exists today was completed. Throughout West Shore’s history, they have had six ministers and one co-ministry team. For more information about the church’s history and a timeline of that history, click here.
For more information about Unitarian Universalism beliefs, click here.
For more information about Unitarian Universalist history, click here.