In May 2016 our congregation approved the following vision, mission, and values statements:
Our vision is a just world, guided by love, in which all people are empowered to engage in lives of meaning and purpose.
Our mission is to love inclusively, nurture spiritual growth and connection, freely explore life’s big questions, and act for justice.
Love Nurture Explore Act
- We gather together in community to deepen our connections, share our hopes
and dreams, offer comfort and strength, and celebrate life’s joys.
- We embrace and celebrate human diversity, grateful for the richness it brings.
- We honor and respect diverse spiritual perspectives and encourage each person’s
search for truth and meaning.
- We engage with the larger community to make our life-affirming faith visible and
- We serve as ambassadors of Unitarian Universalism by living the seven principles
in our personal and congregational lives.
- We seek partnerships with those who share our values and creative dialogue
with those who do not.
- We nurture lifelong spiritual, intellectual and personal growth through worship,
learning, meditation, music, study, the arts and connections with others.
- We provide a community rich in love and opportunity as a foundation for the
youngest among us to grow and learn.
- We offer inspiration, tools and courage to support individuals in their work to
achieve social change.
- We act individually and collectively to promote peace, justice, equality, and
- We honor those who came before us and exercise responsible stewardship to
leave a generous, sustainable legacy for those who come after us.
In addition, we affirm…
The Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement of 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 existence of which we are a part.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence extends a warm welcome to bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) people and their families. We are a caring, open-minded community that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. We believe that our First Principle, respecting “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” applies equally to people of all races, sexual orientations and gender identities, abilities, economic situations, and life circumstances.