First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond is a multi-generational community of seekers looking to live honestly, gently, and with optimism about life and humanity. Our congregation is a Welcoming Congregation, which means we have taken specific steps to welcome and integrate LGBTQ members in every level of congregational life. This inclusion ranges from the experiences of LGBTQ being included in our religious education to outreach into the LGBTQ community and active support of LGBTQ affirmative groups to activism in support of legal equality. In support of these ideals our congregation has hosted the ROSMY alternative prom and participated in Pride Day. In addition, leaders in our religious community are themselves also members of the LGBTQ community.
The Unitarian Universalists have no creed; members are free to believe and practice as they wish. We are united by our search for spiritual growth, community, and a belief in seven principles:
- 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;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
Our living tradition is based on many sources, including direct experience, words and deeds of prophetic women and men, wisdom from the world’s religions including Jewish and Christian teachings, humanist thought, and earth-centered traditions.
We offer many groups at all different times during the week which provide fellowship, learning opportunities, spiritual enrichment, and the opportunity to give of yourself to those in need. There are two Sunday morning services beginning at 9:30 and 11:15, each lasts about one hour and is followed by coffee and conversation. The religious education program offers an engaging variety of learning experiences for each age and stage of life – a nursery for birth-3 years old, children’s religious education divided by age and grade, high school youth group, and religious education for adults.
You can learn even more by visiting us at our main website www.richmonduu.org, e-mailing us at LGBTQ@richmonduu.org or calling us at 804-355-0777, to find out about the many other resources, programs, and activities the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond has to offer.