About UU La Crosse
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” They are:
- 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.
Our Mission and Covenant
Our mission helps gives us direction as a congregation. Here is our current mission statement:
Invite into community. Involve through service. Inspire hearts and minds.
Our shared covenant helps us to agree on our intentions for how we will be with one another. Here is our current covenant statement:
We are a caring community that inspires, nurtures and empowers one another. With trust, respect and compassion, we strive to listen deeply, communicate clearly and act with love toward one another, our community and the world.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse was formed in the 1950s as an independent member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), based in Boston. We are a vibrant, growing congregation with open minds, willing hearts, and working hands. On Sundays you’ll find inspiring and thought-provoking services, supportive and engaging lifespan education, opportunities to live out your values, and refreshments and fellowship after the service. We have more than a hundred adult members and friends and 30 children and youth in our lifespan education program. Like many Unitarian Universalist congregations, we were lay-led and self-governed. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and include university students, young families, singles, married or partnered folks, working professionals, artists, and retired seniors.