Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism is a religion centered on an open-ended quest for meaning in life and shared effort to put our best values into practice every day. It has its roots in two distinct liberal religious movements that shared a philosophy of religious tolerance and questioning. Unitarian Universalists search for truth along many paths. Instead of centering our religion on specific beliefs, we gather around shared values that include the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The most succinct yet comprehensive statement of our common beliefs is contained in the Beliefs and Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

UUCF’s Denominational Connections

UUCF’s Denominational Connections Committee (DCC), which reports to the Coordinating Team (CT), seeks to enrich congregational life at UUCF and promote the strength of Unitarian Universalism by:

  • Promoting awareness of the larger UU faith community by apprising the Congregation, Lay Ministry, Coordinating Team (CT) and the Board of the programs sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Joseph Priestley District (JPD), the UUA Central East Regional Group (CERG) and the Northern Virginia Cluster of Congregations (NOVA Cluster) – 10 congregations in the Northern Virginia area that seek to strengthen Unitarian Universalism by promoting cooperation and collaboration among those congregations. For more information, contact UUA Primary Contact Rev. Megan Foley or UUCF’s NOVA Cluster Representative Susan Bennett.
  • Encouraging and promoting UUCF’s financial and other support to the denomination.
  • Encouraging support of and participation in denominational activities including, but not limited to, attendance at meetings and conferences.
  • Staying connected with the larger UU faith community.

Committee Responsibilities

The DCC’s activities include:

  • Recruiting and preparing UUCF delegates to the annual General Assembly of the UUA and to the JPD Annual Meeting. Administer congregational subsidies and scholarships to participants with priority given to creating a diverse delegation of congregants, including youth, young adults and members of color.
  • Serving as a clearinghouse of Unitarian Universalist-related information through ongoing congregational communications.
  • Promoting educational programs in support of UUA Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAI) in cooperation with the UUCF Social Justice Council and promote events aimed at widening congregational exposure to denomination-wide issues or events.
  • Educating the Congregation about the value of the Chalice Lighters program to the health and growth of Unitarian Universalism.

DCC Members

Co-chairs Craig Bennett and Susan Bennett, with Wini Atlas, Janet Cushing and Steve Gold. For more information, or if you would like join the DCC, please contact anyone on the DCC.

Upcoming Events

  • UUA General Assembly, Jun. 21-25, 2017, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. To apply to be a delegate, click here. Among the duties for this year’s UUCF delegates will be voting for a new UUA president. This year’s three candidates are all women. For more information, click here.

If you’re interesting in being a congregational delegate or seeking scholarship funding for UUA General Assembly please fill out and submit a Delegate Application. Click here for Delegate Selection Guidelines.

For more information, or if you would like to join the DCC, please contact anyone on the committee.

Visit the links below to connect with more information about Unitarian Universalism:

Regional

Youth/Young Adults

 Social Justice

 UU Theology Schools

Miscellaneous