We are a Fellowship, an association of people with shared interests. In the 1960s, many such fellowships were formed in the United States; the Unitarian Universalist fellowships were places where civil rights, antiwar, feminist, and environmental movements could be grounded in the religious community. We were, at first, lay-led and still are grounded in a strong lay-led tradition.
One of the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism is the use of the democratic process. This means power is vested in the members of the congregation, rather than in a hierarchy outside the congregation. We have annual meetings to decide who will lead us, how we will spend our money, and what issues we will or won’t support.
We are a covenantal faith. We promise to support each other’s worth and dignity as our seventh Principle teaches us to do.