Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that affirms the right of each person to search for the answers to questions of ultimate importance. See also:
the unitarian universalist association
wikipedia - unitarian universalism
The goal of the congregation is to create an environment that supports each member in his or her search for truth and meaning. We believe that service to humanity is a component of the well-lived life, and so social action is an integral element of our faith.

The Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
 * The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
 * Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
 * Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
 * A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
 * The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
 * The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
 * Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
 * Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
 * Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
 * Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
 * Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
 * Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
 * Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

A brief history of Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalism evolved from two strands of liberal Christianity. Unitarians emphasized the teachings of Jesus, with less emphasis on his divinity and the meaning of his life and death. This movement was prominent in the first three centuries after Jesus' death, but became a heresy after the official adoption of the Trinitarian (God in three parts) position by the council of Nicea in 325 CE and thereafter. Unitarian theology surfaced throughout western history, most strongly in New England Congregational churches in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Many of the founding fathers (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and others) were Unitarians, and Unitarians have been prominent in politics, social action, the arts and sciences in the United States since that time (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Clara Barton, Dorthea Dix, Adlai Stevenson, Linus Pauling, and many others). Universalism is the belief that the salvation offered by the life and death of Jesus is universal (universal reconciliation), available to believers and non-believers alike. This movement reached its peak in America in the late nineteenth century, and was the sixth largest denomination at the turn of the 20th century. Both movements attracted skeptical persons of various beliefs who had failed to find supportive environments within creedal religions. The two organizations merged to form the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961.   

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa
6400 New Watermelon Road
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35406
(205) 758-8729