Unitarianism Universalism is a non-creedal religion, which means everyone is welcome, regardless of what you believe. In our congregations, including at the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship in Kingston, Ontario, we have those who identify as atheist, pagan, Buddhist, Christian, agnostic, humanist, pluralist, and many others. As a denomination, we have seven principles.
We uphold and believe in:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person
Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth
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, and
Respect for the inter-dependant web of all existence of which we are a part
Unitarianism traces its roots to the Protestant Reformation, though it is no longer Christian, and many famous figures have been Unitarian – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Robert Munch, and Lotta Hitschmanova, to name just a few. We honour the wisdom of all faith and nonreligious traditions, but we offer no definite answers to the mysteries of life. Instead we believe in community, in diversity, and in creating bridges of understanding.
Following these values, we believe that all people have “a right to rites”, regardless of your religious affiliation or lack there of. We were the first demonination in Canada to offer same-sex weddings, and are proud of it. The lay chaplain program was developed in the 1970s to easy the burdens of our busy ministers from performing these ceremonies in addition to everything else they do.
If you would like to learn more about Unitarian-Universalism or would like to try out a service, the The Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (KUF) is located at 206 Concession Street, Kingston, Ontario, and offers a service every Sunday from 10:30 - 11:45am (closed in July and August). Visit KUF's website here: http://kuf.ca/