Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lynchburg! image
Welcome to our website! We are glad you have taken the time to learn about our congregation and Unitarian Universalism.

This site includes basic information about Unitarian Universalism as well as events that will occur within the life of our Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lynchburg.

If you are completely new to Unitarian Universalism, you might wish to read our Seven Principles and Sources, which lay the foundation for our theological and ethical way of life. Also, you will find on this site some of the history of our faith which stretches back into early Judeo-Christian history.

Because we believe in the individual responsible search for truth and meaning, you will find in our congregation people with a wide range of beliefs, from those for whom the concept of God has meaning and those who find spiritual insight in humanism, earth centered spirituality, Jesus’ teachings, or no structured belief. Together, we share our beliefs with one another so that we may grow and deepen our understanding of the sacred.

Our commitment to the worth and dignity of every person means our doors are open and welcome all people of good will who with us seek to build a more just, peaceful and loving world.

Ours is a multigenerational congregation where we learn from the very young as well as our longtime members. We all have something to teach and we take pleasure in sharing our wisdom. We learn together and individually through age-appropriate learning opportunities. This is a community of people who enjoy one another. Socializing, learning and playing together helps build friendship. Yet we also join together to work to make Lynchburg and the world more just and peaceful. That includes caring for our Mother Earth.

We welcome you to join us. If you have questions, please contact our minister, Rev. Terre Balof at tbalof@gmail.com.

We Live Love in the World

As members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lynchburg, we share a desire to nurture the individual and the congregation and to encourage one another to live in accordance with our mission and our Unitarian Universalist principles.
We covenant to:

Prepare a safe and welcoming space where everyone is free to explore their spiritual growth within an accepting and supportive community.

Recognize the individual’s desire to be seen, heard, acknowledged, and loved.

Support an individual’s responsible search for truth and meaning in life.

Acknowledge our young people as an integral part of all facets of congregational life.

Share our values, ethics, and morals with our children so they and we may go out and live love in the world.

Accept and respect that there are differences among us, and we remain open to the richness and discomforts of diversity.

Deal with our differences constructively and respectfully, communicating with one another in an open, direct, caring, and confidential manner.

Accept accountability for our words, actions, and commitments, ready to offer grace, patience, and forgiveness to ourselves and each other.

Seek assistance to resolve disagreements when a mutually satisfying outcome seems beyond our reach.

Accept the democratically reached decisions of the congregation, and support the process even when we may not agree with the decisions.

Be mindful of others’ time and commitments, including those of the minister, staff, and volunteers.

Hold ourselves and each other accountable, within our individual physical and financial abilities, to do the work that is necessary to maintain our church and grow our congregation.

Be supportive of our members during their times of sorrow and struggle, reminding all of their worthiness to live a life of peace, purpose and well-being.

Celebrate our individual and collective joys and achievements, encouraging one another on our life journey.

Therefore, as members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lynchburg, we pledge to be in community together in the spirit of this covenant, understanding that it is a living document that will evolve as our congregation evolves.

If you would like to make a donation, please either use the donate button below or send a check to 818 Court St. Lynchburg, Va. 24504. If you mail a check, please indicate in the memo section if the donation is for a pledge or for Generosity Sunday.

  • 818 Court Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504, USA