As a loving, vibrant, and inclusive community, we celebrate the dignity of all living beings and nurture lifelong spiritual and ethical growth. Encouraging compassion for all, we protect the vitality of our natural world and act for justice, equity, and peace.

We live love in the world. 
Our Covenant

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 First Unitarian Church 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.

7 Principles

1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian Universalism draws from many 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 people 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 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-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.