“To nurture each other, serve the community and inspire action that heals the world.”
Moved by our liberal faith tradition, we commit to:
- Practice mutual respect and dialogue and live the ideals of our Seven Principles
- Encourage transformation through lifelong learning, spiritual exploration and compassionate service;
- Participate in focused efforts to promote social, economic and ecological justice; and
- Speak with an informed and principled voice for a peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.
We welcome and invite all who wish to join us in this mission.
Our Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles
As Unitarian Universalists we 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.
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
- 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;
- 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;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
We are a Welcoming Congregation
Hamilton First publicly welcomes bisexual, gay, lesbian and/or transgender people in many ways and is certified as a Welcoming Congregation. Click here for more information.
When you become a member of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton you become a vital part of our spiritual and social community and may participate in the decision-making that determines the future of the congregation.
We invite members to volunteer and bring their curiosity and enthusiasm to our congregational operations and activities.
Membership rights and responsibilities include:
- Expected to contribute a responsible share (what personal circumstances permit) toward meeting congregational financial needs.
- Encouraged to take part in the community’s volunteer activities.
- May vote at congregational meetings.
- May serve on the Board of Directors and congregational committees.
- May serve as delegates to UU activities and assemblies.
“The hunger for true community, for connection and commitment, is pervasive in our time. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to spiritual hospitality by feeding the spiritually hungry and offering a home to the religiously homeless. Our future depends on whether we can connect with people at the level of their deepest longings and highest aspirations. And in the process, we too are enriched in spirit.” – Peter Morales, UUA President