Unitarian Universalism: Nurture Your Spirit. Help Heal Our World.
Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Willmar!
With historical roots in the Judeo-Christian tradition, our liberal religion keeps an open mind to the spiritual questions people have asked for centuries. A key purpose of our church is to provide a diverse religious and spiritual fellowship.
We are a “non-creedal” congregation, which means that we seek religious truth through personal experience, conscience and reason—not from any book or religious authority. The Bible is but one rich source among many human records that speak to us of the joys and challenges of being alive. Our current membership comprises a rainbow of beliefs and religious traditions. For some of us, these beliefs are a work in progress. This doesn’t mean that whatever anyone believes is fine, since some beliefs are good for us and others are not as healthy.
Values are what bind us together and are included in our covenant:
- As a fellowship for spiritual growth,
- We respect and welcome people of all ages, cultural heritages and abilities.
- We recognize all economic, political, spiritual and religious diversities.
- We open our hearts and minds to listening, exploring and searching for universal truths.
- We treat others as we wish to be treated.
- We seek to hear and help those who have no voice.
- We join together in service to promote justice, peace and good will.
- Together we celebrate in joy; we nurture one another.
We provide a small, yet vibrant and supportive, lay-led community where we are free to ask the important questions and pursue our individual religious journeys. Please feel free to join us for potluck lunch following our service and ask questions of our members.
We welcome you to our Celebration of Life!
Unitarian Universalist Principles
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations 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.
The Living Tradition we share 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 openness to the forces that 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 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.
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 one another our mutual trust and support.