Frequently Asked Questions
So… What is Unitarian Universalism?
We are a 475-year old liberal religious faith, celebrating the human capacity to think and reason about religion, having a faith not based on a creed or dogma, and encouraging a diversity of beliefs. We attract people who have a sense of the spirituality and of community and who want to be with other liberal thinkers. We attract people who ask questions about everything about life and death, and expect the answers to make sense. There are abundant sources of information about our faith tradition. We encourage those unfamiliar with Unitarian Universalism to consult our Principles and Sources.
Am I welcome if I am gay, lesbian, transgender or questioning?
Yes! UUCCWC is a member of the Community of Welcoming Congregations, an association of religious congregations begun in the Portland metropolitan area that welcomes and affirms people of all sexual orientations. The Unitarian Universalist Association provides an extensive process for a congregation to become an official Welcoming Congration. UUCCWC’s membership includes gays and lesbians, both couples and singles, as well as transgendered members who are couples and singles. If you have children, your children are welcome in our religious exploration programs.
“This is the mission of our faith:
To teach the fragile art of hospitality;
To revere both the critical mind and the generous heart;
To prove that diversity need not mean divisiveness;
And … to witness to all that we must hold the whole world in our hands.”
–Reverend William Schulz
What is the the meaning of the flame and chalice symbol used in UU literature?
Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love. The flaming chalice design was made into a seal for papers and a badge for agents moving refugees to freedom during and after the war. In time it became a symbol of Unitarian Universalism all around the world. Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the image. To learn more about the history of our Unitarian Universalist symbol, please read the pamphlet, The Flaming Chalice.