WHAT IS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM?

The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga is a religious community of individuals who are guided by compassion, reason and love on an individual search for truth and meaning. We are a growing and diverse congregation. We find meaning and value in the rich and deep history of Unitarianism because our religious tradition draws inspiration from many sources including the wisdom of the world’s faith traditions, nature, science, and contemporary thought.

Unitarians have a message of acceptance to share worldwide. Born from a belief in freedom of religious thought, Unitarians come together in to live our principles and to build a better, more peaceful, world. Our community in Mississauga is welcoming to all, and respects and celebrates all diverse identities.

WHAT IS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM?

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious faith grounded in the principle of covenant. Our beliefs are diverse, and we walk our paths to spiritual discovery and truth together. Unitarians are united by values rather than belief in one set of creed or dogma.

Our values include acceptance of one another, compassion, and a commitment to justice and equity. We believe in exploring the mysteries of life, we believe in ethical living, we believe in living out our spirituality in this world by working for peace, justice, equality, democracy, and respect—for one another, as well as for the interdependent web of life, of which we are all a part.

We believe that it is not who or what you believe in that is important, but rather, how you live your life.

 

THE 7 PRINCIPLES

As a member congregation of the Canadian Unitarian Council, we covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
SIX SOURCES

The living tradition which we share draws from six sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
  • Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

FIVE ASPIRATIONS

As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we aspire to be:

Deeply Connected: We strive to foster healthy relationships amongst and within UU communities, with the broader world and with all life.
Nous travaillons à cultiver des relations saines entre nous, parmi nos assemblées, avec la société et toute la vie qui nous entourent.

Radically Inclusive: We strive to create hospitable, diverse, multi- generational communities.
Nous travaillons à créer des communautés accueillantes, diverses, et multigénérationnelles.

Actively Engaged: We strive to work joyfully for a just and compassionate society, experimenting with new forms of community.
Nous travaillons joyeusement pour une société plus juste et compatissante, et nous explorons de nouvelles façons d’être en communauté.

Theologically Alive: We seek to be ever-evolving in our understanding, open to new knowledge.
Nous cherchons à évoluer continuellement dans notre façon de voir, toujours ouverts à de nouvelles connaissances et perspectives.

Spiritually Grounded: We seek transformation through personal spiritual experiences and shared ritual.
Nous cherchons la transformation à travers les expériences spirituelles personnelles et le rituel partagé.

COME FOR A VISIT!

Come for a visit, a Sunday Service or an evening gathering. We will be glad to see you. Our facilities are fully accessible.

We are located at

 

 

The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

84 South Service Road
Mississauga, Ontario
905-278-5622
info@uucm.ca