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Our Mission

Who are we? What do we want to do in the world?

These are questions our congregation tried to answer as we set out to update our mission statement. We wanted to express our sense of purpose in a short, memorable way.

Starting in the fall of 2009, ideas were shared in large and small group discussions, written comments, and one-on-one conversations. The input was thoughtful, heartfelt, creative, and inspiring.

Distilling so many ideas into a brief statement was not easy, but four basic themes emerged again and again. These four themes became the basis of our mission statement:
  • Embracing Freedom
  • Loving Inclusively
  • Growing Spiritually
  • Healing Our World
These words reflect the UU Principles, yet serve as our own unique expression of what we aspire to be and do. The congregation formally adopted this mission statement on May 23, 2010.

But that's really just the beginning of the process. We are continually striving to put our mission statement into action. We want it to intentionally influence our thoughts and actions, both as individuals and as a community of faith.

What do these nine simple words mean? Different individuals may give slightly different answers, but here’s one interpretation:

Embracing freedom signifies that religious freedom is a foundation of our Unitarian heritage. We don’t just acknowledge diversity of belief—we celebrate it. We support each person’s search for truth, wherever it may lead.

Loving inclusively reflects the Universalist side of our heritage. We believe that everyone is welcome, everyone has worth and dignity, and everyone deserves love.

Growing spiritually reminds us that our church is a place to nurture our spirits. We strive to be a caring, supportive community and to help one another learn and grow.

Healing our world expresses our desire to do all we can to make the world a better place. Respect for the environment, community outreach, and social justice work are some of the ways we engage in this part of our mission.

If our mission statement intrigues you, we invite you to come visit our church. Meet us, get to know us, and see what’s going on. And if you’d like, you’re welcome to get involved and help bring our mission to life.