Unitarian Universalism


                                                                   The flaming chalice, the logo of Unitarian Universalism


To explore the eternal,

To nurture community,

To build a more just world

Unitarian Universalism (UU) is very likely the most influential, progressive, and liberal religious organization emerging from the Christian tradition.  In its current form, it transcends Christianity and respects all world religions in tolerance and respect.   It also embraces all the findings of modern sciences and searches for new forms of religion for now and for the future.

During my studies of world religions and personal spiritual journey, I have become fascinated with Unitarian Universalism because it encourages personal freedom in search for good answers to important religious questions. It also embraces the whole earth in search for justice, peace, and democracy.  This website reflects much of the basic spirit of Unitarian Universalism.

I was a member of Unitarian Universalism for more than 15 years in the Twin Cities.  After moving to the Washington DC area after my retirement in 2003, I joined the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (click here) .  I became active in two areas.  

The first was my involvement in the “Adult  Programs” by offering classes on Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, similar to what I had offered at the Taiwanese American Senior Society.  

The second area was my participation in the “Philosophy Club” at the church.  The discussion topics included Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, Neo-Platonism, Stoicism, St. Augustine, Isaac Newton, Paul Tillich, philosophy of mind, Whitehead and process theology, Carl Jung, etc.  I could hardly believe that at my age I was learning so much more about Western religious, philosophical, and scientific traditions.  In that process, I could also share relevant ideas from the perspectives of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  On 3/6, 2012, I took my turn to lead a discussion session on Hu Shih's thought.  The Philosophy Club was global in scope and spirit.  

In addition, I was invited to give a 4-hour class on Confucianism at the "Science and Religion Club" on 2/29 and 3/5 in 2012.  Since then, I decided to join the Science and Religion Club.  The first two topics after joining it were "The technology of fracking in oil and gas drilling and its social and political issues" and "The life and thought of Richard Feynman, quantum machanics physicist.” The weekly meetings covered various topics related to science and religion. 

In late October of 2013, we moved from Silver Spring to a condo in Bethesda to be closer to our daughter's family.  Since her family actively attended River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (click here), we switched our membership.  Right away, I joined a newly formed study group called “Eastern Religions and Philosophies.”  After my participation, the topics covered Sikhism, Indo-European peoples and languages, etc.  From there, it would cover various religions and philosophies in India and China.  Strangely, I am taking a journey back to the East!  I am also looking forward to other adventures available at the vibrant congregation.

Please go to the following link for the basic beliefs and principles of the unusual and influential religious movement known as Unitarian Universalism.  One can also use Internet to search for more information.

     Click here:  Basic Unitarian Universalist Beliefs and Principles

© Sung-Peng Hsu 2011