The Art of Being Spiritual and Religious
Through music, dance, drama, pictures, poetry, and prose, we seek to connect to the realm of spirituality and religiosity. In worship, spiritual practices, and other activities, we draw on these ancient art forms to convey the abstract concepts of spirituality, theology, and religiosity that may be otherwise inexpressible.
The Rev. Alison Eskildsen, the Worship Arts Committee, the Music Director, and the Director of Religious Exploration offer many ways to lift up or celebrate what we most value. We welcome your participation!
We Celebrate Many Beliefs
Whether you consider yourself spiritual, religious, or philosophical, your beliefs or search for something to believe are welcome at UUFA. No matter what any of us believe today, we know life is a journey full of new experiences and new learning. And that means our beliefs may change over time. UUs affirm a person’s right to change their beliefs as they continue to grow and develop throughout their lives.
We Celebrate Many Heritages
Unitarian Universalists are informed by many faith traditions and inspirations as outlined in our Six Sources. Many UUs were raised in Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or in other religious faiths and still find holy days and special observances meaningful. Throughout the course of the year we recognize the wisdom of these religions and explore these traditions respectfully, without pretending to be Jewish or Hindu or anything but Unitarian Universalists. Christmas, Passover, Ramadan, and Solstice celebrations are among the many holy days we may acknowledge during the year.
Many UUs choose to identify their Unitarian Universalism with a modifier that communicates a strong source of their spirituality or continuing tradition’s influence. Some self-identify as a Jew UU (or affectionately, a Jewnitarian), a Pagan UU, a Buddhist UU, or a Humanist UU, just to name a few possibilities.
We Include All Theologies
Theology in a strict sense means ‘the study of god’. But in a more useful, looser sense it means your beliefs about not only a god or gods, but also the nature of reality, life, death, and more. How we understand the world and our experiences are filtered through our individual theologies. Our individual theology is the lens we see the world through.
Whether you identify as agnostic, mystic, theist, atheist, pantheist, panentheist, deist, humanist, or something else, or are simply seeking a theology that is meaningful to you, we welcome you to join us in worship. In worship we lift up our shared common values, especially those expressed in our Seven Principles, and we acknowledge the broad scope of our Six Sources. We aim to include your beliefs and not exclude you from worship.
Spiritual and Religious Affinity Groups
Jewish UU members and friends celebrate many traditional holidays during Sunday morning worship and at other times at UUFA.
Pagan UU members and friends observe many earth-based traditional holidays during Sunday morning worship and at other times at UUFA.
If you have an interest in developing a new affinity group please contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts.