Our Beliefs

**NOTE – Due to Covid restrictions we are not holding “in-person” meetings for the foreseeable future.
We DO schedule occasional meetings via Zoom, outdoor meetings and events.
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(located in Charleston, WV)
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What do we believe?

As Unitarian Universalists, our spiritual and religious beliefs (or lack thereof) are personal to each of us and vary widely. We include atheists, Christians, Buddhists, Pantheists, Pagans and many other flavors too vast to name here.

Rather than agreeing on any certain deity or faith, we instead agree and form a covenant with the following:

Our Mission:

The Mission of the New River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is to embrace diversity, learn together and promote justice in the world. This mission has arisen from our hearts and minds through refection and dialogue about who we are, what we value and how we see our ministry as a congregation.

Embracing Diversity

We welcome all who want to share in our community. In a warm and accepting environment, we provide a spiritual home for those who seek an alternative religious experience. Consistent with the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism, we strive to build a diverse multicultural congregation that acts to dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and in our communities.

Learning Together

In our connections and caring for one another, we create a haven that supports and nurtures our beliefs and values. We encourage freedom of thought and value the opportunity to exchange views and opinions regarding a world that not only is, but that can be. We support each other in doing things for the greater good and acknowledging that, as individuals, we are part of something that is bigger than ourselves.

Promoting Justice in the World

In our efforts to make a difference in our community, we embrace and offer services to people who are on teh margins of society. We fight to eliminate oppression wherever and whenever we see it. We actively work to address issues such as income disparity and racial and gender inequality.

The Principles of Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism’s 8 Guiding Principles

The living tradition we share acknowledges eight Principles:

  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 in society at large
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of existence, of which we are a part
  8. Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse, multicultural beloved community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions