Our Fellowship

Additional Regional UU Links

San Diego Unitarian Universalists A Website which highlights the six Unitarian Univeralist congregations across San Diego County.

Pacific Southwest District of the UUA This Website is for the use of PSWD congregations, their members, district committees, and affiliated groups.

Additional Global UU Links

UUA — Unitarian Universalist Association. The official homepage of the North American association of Unitarian Universalist congregations.

UUA Principles and Purposes — Common UU beliefs and sources.

100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism — A website and printable PDF document which assembles many questions about Unitarian Universalism, obtained from a variety of people outside the religion — Catholics, Protestants, Jews and fundamentalists.

Basic Research and Reading List — Basic UU reading list published at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Beacon Press — An independent publisher of serious non-fiction and fiction. Books aim to change the way readers think about fundamental issues; they promote such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life. A deptartment of the UUA.

Standing on the Side of Love

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

 

Our Fellowship

Unitarian Universalism and UUFSD

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that looks for the common truths taught by all spiritual paths. We do not insist that you choose one way and reject the others; we do not teach that one tradition is superior to another or has a unique claim to truth. We believe that Jesus, Buddha and all great religious teachers are worthy of study, for all sought to show us how to live and love wisely and well.

The Unitarians had their early roots among the religious leaders who opposed the adoption of the dogma of the Trinity in the year 325 CE, and emerged as a separate religious entity in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe. Unitarian congregations came to this country with the early colonists, many of whom found a religion of reason, tolerance and mutual respect for each other’s beliefs to be appealing. Always a small denomination, it was nevertheless the religion of many of the early leaders of our country. These included Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore, and William Taft — as well as many of the transcendentalists such as Unitarian minister and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist Henry David Thoreau, and author Louisa May Alcott. In the 1960s, the Unitarians merged with the Universalists to form the present Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations. Universalists, who believed in salvation for all, brought core beliefs grounded in idealism, love, respect, and dedication to service, that complemented those of the Unitarians. The merger has enriched both traditions.

There is no creed that all Unitarian Universalists must believe, but members are dedicated to striving to live up to our seven uniting principles. Since we believe that the religions of every age and culture have something to teach those who listen, we are a spiritual home for people of many religious traditions.

When members of the Solana Beach congregation are asked what brought them to Unitarian Universalism, they mention a variety of reasons, but many are summed up in the covenant that is part of every Sunday morning service:

May love be the spirit of this congregation;
May the quest for truth be its sacrament
And service be its prayer;
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
And to help one another in fellowship.
This is our covenant.

Our Statement of Purpose is as follows:
"UUFSD is a safe haven and community of inspiration creatively meeting the social, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of our members and families in ways consistent with our UU principles. Through this mutual support, we are empowered to transform the world, one person at a time."