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How Our Church Works
UUA - Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. Our Faith draws on many religious traditions, welcoming people with different beliefs.

We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma.

Our congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities—and the world—a better place.

As a democratic, self-guided church, we have no hierarchical organizations that control our local congregations. However, cooperation has always been essential for human survival and advancement.

Unitarian Universalists have created a variety of relationships to enable us to work together as a denomination. These occur on regional, state and national levels.

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is our national organization. It was created in 1961 from the merger of the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association.
In a time of religious schism and division, this is a fascinating one-hundred year journey of negotiation.

We belong to the St. Lawrence District, which covers all of upstate NY. For more information on St. Lawrence District and their local interactions, please go to: St. Lawrence District

Learn more about how people of different beliefs can share one faith and a common religious
organization. See the web pages at

This on-line publication will give you the big picture perspective:
UUA World

UU World on Tape
Our UU World magazine is available at free to people with eyesight impairments.
Contact Identity-Based Ministries, 25 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108-2803 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (617) 948-6475.


From UUA: These following documents provide an introduction to Unitarian Universalism and information about the Unitarian Universalist Association and President Rev. William Sinkford

The WNY Cluster of UU Churches meets Thursday April 8, 7-9pm at the UU Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 (716-634-3010 - office).
Agenda items for discussion include:
- Plan for Regional Expanded Cooperation - an Update
- SLD Youth and Young Adult Coordinator Job Opening
- SLD Proposed Long Range Plan
- the new video available on UUA website (please take 4 minutes to view this before the meeting):
- the upcoming District Assembly on April 23-25 in Syracuse
- the upcoming Gay Pride parade in Buffalo - June 6th (is your church marching?)
- availability of grief/transition counseling groups in WNY

Suggestions for discussion - can you bring information?
- could we have an update on the progress of the change-of-hands at the Network of Religious Communities from Rev. Tim Ashton to YvonneStocker?
- could we have an update about how the Youth-Con went in March at theBuffalo Church? Is there still an intent for the Buffalo Youth Groupto take their Sunday service to other Cluster churches?

Please feel free to bring other items for discussion. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Mark Flanders


You can see UUCA activities listed in
our monthly events calendar.



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