Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls (UUSRF) is growing from its beginnings in 1992 when a group of neighbors saw a need for a meeting place of like-minded people, a caring, open, inclusive congregation where many traditions can be honored with reason, compassion, justice, and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning guiding the way.
Each Sunday morning service is different – we may have a poet, scientist, historian, or music Sunday. You can hear readings from many sources and traditions, songs, hymns, and meditations – and sometimes sit in silent contemplation.
Our UU services tend to use gender-inclusive language, as well as language and concepts from a wide range of religious and philosophical traditions. Check out the archive of videos to see the range of diverse experiences at UUSRF.
We are here to support each other on life’s journey.
Seven Guiding Principles of UU…
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.
Overview of Unitarian Universalism Background
Unitarian Universalism was formed from the consolidation in 1961 of two historically separate Christian denominations – the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association – both based in the United States; the new organization formed in this merger was the Unitarian Universalist Association. Unitarianism, as an organized church, has roots tracing back to the 1560s; yes, you read that right…the 1560s.
Being welcoming means a community built on inclusiveness and creating spaces honoring every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences. UUSRF strives to change that, as we focus on inclusion.
We know that religious spaces haven’t always been welcoming places for all people, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. For years, UUs have worked hard to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are full members of our faith communities. Find out more: Click Here.
UUSRF is Part of the Global Unitarian Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls is a member of the greater global Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
To find out more about Unitarian Universalism, our beliefs, activism, ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, and history, visit the UUA website by Clicking Here.
“Unitarian Universalists are neither a chosen people nor a people whose choices are made for them by theological authorities – ancient or otherwise. We are a people who choose.“― Forrest Church, A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
“Once upon a time there was a king who asked his servant to bring to him all the people in the town who were born blind, and also an elephant. “This is an elephant,” he said to them. “Each one of you may touch this elephant, and when you have done so I want you to tell me what an elephant is like.” He let one touch the elephant’s head, another its ears, and others its tusks, trunk, legs, back, and tail. “Your Majesty, an elephant is like a large waterpot,” said the one who had only touched the elephant’s head. “Your Majesty, he is wrong,” rejoined the one who had touched the ears. “An elephant is like a flat basket.” The others insisted as adamantly upon the insights drawn from their own limited experience, respectively comparing the elephant to the sharp end of a plow, a thin rope, a big crib full of wheat, four pillars and, finally, a fan. Upon finishing this parable, Buddha said to the seekers who had been quarreling over the nature of God and the afterlife, “How can you be so sure of what you cannot see? We all are like unsighted people in this world. We cannot see God. Nor can we know what is going to happen after we die. Each one of you may be partly right in your answers. Yet none of you is fully right. Let us not quarrel over what we cannot be sure of.”― John A. Buehrens, A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism