We shall strive to be a progressive and welcoming liberal religious community that affirms the worth and
dignity of each human being, and the authority of conscience and reason in each person's search for truth and
meaning. In this spirit, we shall strive to cultivate tolerance and compassion in ourselves and others, and
to promote social justice and equality in the wider community.
We the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, Virginia, Unitarian Universalist, a supporting member of the
Unitarian Universalist Association, unite
- to support one another's spiritual growth and well-being and to challenge our understanding of ourselves
and our world through regular church services and fellowship activities
- to recognize life's passages, to share the diversity of our experiences, and to reach out to others.
- to encourage our children's spiritual growth and understanding through a non-dogmatic religious education
- to be a positive influence in the world around us and to respect the environment in which we live.
- to strengthen our commitment as a progressive religious community by encouraging the free and thoughtful
expression of spiritual and social ideas and values in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
The First Unitarian Church is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association which operates under
the following principles.
The Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 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
- 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.
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
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.
- 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 neighbors as
- 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-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct
us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.