Introducing Unitarianism

Rev. Debra FaulkIf you are looking for an open-minded and open-hearted faith, if you are seeking a beloved community, I invite you to come and visit us.

Our living faith has its beginnings as an organized religious movement in the sixteenth century. Unitarianism has deep roots in the radical wing of the Protestant Reformation. This dynamic and ever-evolving faith with reason and love as cornerstones finds contemporary inclusion of diverse theological and philosophical perspectives, including religious humanism, earth-centred spirituality, and naturalistic theism along with an appreciation of our Christian and Jewish heritage and wisdom from all faith traditions.

Our basis of union is not one of doctrine. There is no requirement for members to think alike or to believe the same things. Rather, ours is a fellowship of mutual support that encourages thoughtfulness, freedom of conscience, and the transforming power of love. As a religious movement without a creed that everyone must adhere to, individuals are free to search for truth and meaning within a caring and supportive community. We care deeply about our world, too, and are involved in efforts to actualize our humanitarian values in this city, in Canadian society, and in the global sphere.

I look forward to welcoming you at a Sunday Service or other Event!

Rev. Debra Faulk, Minister, Unitarian Church of Calgary

As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice.

As Canadian Unitarian Universalists:

  • Seven principles guide our choices,
  • Six sources nourish our spirits,
  • Five aspirations help us grow.

Seven principles guide our choices:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and within society at large.
  6. The goal of world community, with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Six sources nourish our spirits:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  4. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves
  5. Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against the idolatries of mind and spirit
  6. 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

Five aspirations help us grow:

  1. Deeply Connected : We strive to foster healthy relationships amongst and within UU communities, with the broader world and with all life.
  2. Radically Inclusive : We strive to create hospitable, diverse, multi- generational communities.
  3. Actively Engaged : We strive to work joyfully for a just and compassionate society,
    experimenting with new forms of community.
  4. Theologically Alive : We seek to be ever-evolving in our understanding, open to new knowledge.
  5. Spiritually Grounded : We seek transformation through personal spiritual experiences and shared ritual.

Are you a Unitarian Universalist and don’t know it?
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Get to Know Us

  • We welcome you to attend a Sunday Service!  Our theological diversity means that our service topics vary. Come often to experience the depth and breadth of our community.
  • We have programs for Children and Youth!
  • Introduction to Unitarian Universalism courses are offered frequently. Please see the Programs for Adults page for more information.