Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society has been a progressive religious voice along the shoreline of Connecticut since 1962. We are a community where people with different beliefs worship as one faith, where religious inspiration comes from not one but many sources.
If you are seeking a place to grow your spirit, to deepen your connection to our human family, and join with others to create a better world, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society welcomes you.
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is a welcoming congregation that supports lifelong spiritual growth, fosters reverence for nature, promotes justice and serves the local and global community. Childcare and Religious Education classes are available September through June, and childcare is available for all ages in July and August. Our Newcomers section is designed to help you learn about SUUS and what to expect when you visit. Please read our Weekly News, or take a virtual tour of our space.
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society Mission Statement
Approved by the Congregation, October 19, 2003
“We gather as members of the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in a compassionate, welcoming congregation. In accordance with the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association, our mission is:
- To seek truth and foster spiritual and intellectual growth
- To promote social, economic and environmental justice
- To live with reverence for life and in harmony with nature
Mindful of the rich diversity, as well as the essential oneness of our human family, we seek to weave a tapestry of community and service from the strands of our separate lives.”
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society Congregational Covenant
Approved by the Congregation, February 8, 2015
To ensure our community is a safe and inspirational place where we welcome all, embrace diversity, and support individuals, we the members of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society commit to the following:
- Act with good will and assume good intentions
- Listen deeply and appreciatively
- Speak with care and loving kindness
- Be willing to be changed
- Stay in relationship even in disagreement and respect one another’s points of view
- Participate in our democratic process
- Bring concerns to the appropriate people, encourage and assist others in this process as needed
- Respect the roles, responsibilities and abilities of members, leaders, staff and minister as we work to live our mission and serve needs greater than our own
- Enrich our community by freely sharing our strengths, our talents and our resources
- Support each other when we fall short of this covenant, and help one another to return to covenant
This covenant is a living document. It can be reviewed by the congregation at any time in the future and adapted to fit changing needs and circumstances. It represents a commitment to thoughtful, active participation in the life of this religious community.
Our Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles
We affirm and promote :
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equality 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 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 neighbors 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 centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Adopted as a Bylaw by the 1984, 1985 and 1991 UUA General Assemblies