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Who We Are

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria is a many-faceted congregation. Not only do we encourage diversity—we celebrate it!

We welcome everyone regardless of ethnic group, religious background, or sexual orientation. Our facilities and programs are accessible to those with disabilities.

In our congregation you'll find families with children, singles, couples, teens, kids, retirees—people of all ages, income levels, and walks of life. A few of us are lifelong Unitarian Universalists, but most came from other religious backgrounds. We have a wide variety of personalities and interests, too.

You don't have to act, dress, think, or believe the "right" way to fit in here. You're welcome to come as you are.

What We Believe

Like all Unitarian Universalist (UU) churches, we are "creedless." That is, we have no defined set of beliefs that all members must accept.

Does that mean we don't believe in anything? Far from it. Here are some of our beliefs:
  • We believe that religion is most meaningful in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual support.
  • We know that people differ in their opinions and lifestyles and believe these differences should be honored.
  • We believe that the teachings of many different religious traditions have value and can help guide us in our search for meaning.
  • Most of all, we value religious freedom. We believe that everyone must ultimately make up his or her own mind about questions of spirituality and religion. The purpose of the church isn't to provide the answers, but to assist and encourage each of us in the search for our own truth.
As a result, we're really a church with many creeds. The folks in our congregation hold a wide variety of religious beliefs: theist, atheist, humanist, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, pagan, and others.

At the same time, as Universalist Unitarians we share a common set of principles.

A Caring Community

Although as individuals we are different in many ways, together we form a caring community. In an atmosphere of mutual acceptance and support, we learn, grow, work, play, and celebrate with one another. Francis David, a famous 16th-century Unitarian, put it this way:

"We need not think alike to love alike."

Our church is a place where you can enjoy the company of others—and still be yourself.

You're Invited

To learn more about us, explore the links at the upper left of this page. We also invite you to visit us. Give the UU Church of Peoria a try and see for yourself! Our church can be a home for you, as it is for us.