At UUCUC, our mission is simple:
Build community. Seek inspiration. Promote justice. Find peace.
It is a reflection of who we are. The following words are not an official part of our mission, but help to explain the above eight words which were approved on December 4, 2005:
Build Community: We come together to provide a caring community, to encourage and to support one another in our religious, spiritual and personal development — and to promote a more just and peaceful world.
Seek Inspiration: We are moved by acts of kindness and love; we are awed by the beauty and wonder of the natural world; we are lifted up by the power of reason. Join us to find your inspiration.
Promote Justice: We value deeds over creeds — it's our actions that define us. Whether you're passionate about LGBTQIA issues, addressing immigration justice, or promoting sustainability, this community provides opportunities for better understanding ... and collective action.
Find Peace: We each have different concepts of what peace means to us, but without peace within ourselves, within our families and our congregation we will have difficulty bringing peace to our community and larger world.
We dedicate ourselves to:
- Expanding religious, educational, and social activities that serve our congregation and the larger community.
- Acting on our individual and collective commitment to promote social justice.
- Enhancing the diversity of our liberal religious community.
- Improving the accessibility and functionality of our facilities, and ensuring that they are an asset to our community.
UUCUC Congregational Covenant
We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, strive to sustain a caring community that promotes the personal and spiritual well-being of our members and of the larger world in which we live. To this end,
We promise to participate actively in the life of our church, to contribute as we are able, and to express appreciation for others’ contributions.
We promise to join in shaping congregational life through processes that are open, inclusive, and transparent, and to support the decisions made by our chosen leaders and the congregation as a whole.
We promise to celebrate the diversity of our collective experiences and backgrounds including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability and economic means even as we struggle to understand those differences.
We promise to express our differences openly and respectfully, speaking directly with those involved, listening closely, offering real solutions in ways that are constructive and not judgmental, and accepting conflict as an inevitable aspect of healthy relationships.
We promise to provide an atmosphere for the minister to challenge us to think critically and creatively about all issues, thus carrying our congregations’ commitment to a free pulpit.
We promise to respect our children, to encourage their development as whole people, and to teach them the values of our religion, and other religions, as well.
We promise to welcome those who are new to our church and faith by learning about their journeys, by providing opportunities to learn more about us, and by explaining how they can become more involved in the church.
We promise to support each other through life’s ups and downs by creating an environment in which people feel safe to share, and by responding to the needs of the members of our congregation.
We promise to encourage one another in our efforts to promote social justice and responsible stewardship in the larger community and the world.