Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise

A Progressive, Inclusive Faith Community WELCOME

We are the Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, Arizona. We provide a religious and spiritual home for open-minded, community-involved people in the northwest valley.

We welcome you!

Services are held Sundays at 10:30am. Visitors are always welcome. Coffee and snacks are served during the social hour following the service.

17540 N Avenue of the Arts
Surprise, AZ 85378
(623) 875-2550

RECENT SERVICE

September 17, 2017

The Beauty of Justice

Rev. Terry Sims

We are trying something new this year – an annual theme as well as monthly themes.  Our theme for this church year is “Re-imagining the Common Good”.  This Sunday we will re-imagine the beauty of justice that we can all see and share.

UPCOMING SERVICE

September 24, 2017

Hard Times

Rev. Dr. Walter F. Wieder

Not Woody Guthrie’s hard times, but our hard times. What does our faith call from us? What does our faith offer us?

 

“Freedom of belief is the characteristic theme of contemporary Unitarian Universalism. We are a non-creedal church. There is no doctrinal test for membership. Instead, we have chosen a heritage that places the final authority for religious questions not with a book, the Bible, nor with an institution, the church, but with reason and individual conscience. A Unitarian Universalist, led by his or her reason and conscience to a belief in the unique mission of Jesus, may sit beside another Unitarian Universalist similarly led, who denies the existence of God.” — Reverend Emeritus Dr. Walter F. Wieder

“Freedom of belief is the characteristic theme of contemporary Unitarian Universalism. We are a non-creedal church. There is no doctrinal test for membership. Instead, we have chosen a heritage that places the final authority for religious questions not with a book, the Bible, nor with an institution, the church, but with reason and individual conscience. A Unitarian Universalist, led by his or her reason and conscience to a belief in the unique mission of Jesus, may sit beside another Unitarian Universalist similarly led, who denies the existence of God.”
— Reverend Emeritus Dr. Walter F. Wieder

WELCOME!

We are glad that you have found us! If you have made your way to our congregation or its website, maybe you are wondering and searching, as we were wondering and searching when we found it. Do you share with us a sense that there is more to life than appears on its bare surface? Have you also felt awe, joy, something wonderful that lies at the heart of life and gives it meaning? Do you, too, value questions and critical thinking?

If so, we offer a safe place to gather, explore, and yes, celebrate together. We are the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Surprise, Arizona. We do not ask anyone to stake his or her life on any one belief system by adopting its creed. Instead, we honor and value many wisdom traditions, including our own. We believe that together we can find common purpose for our lives, affirming and respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe that all human beings need to search freely and responsibly for truth and meaning. We believe that all of us need to be treated with justice, equity, and compassion. And we believe that we are only a part of the interdependent web of all existence.

If you are new to the Phoenix area, or “church”, or Unitarian Universalism, or to all three, we would be very pleased to meet you. Thank you for visiting this website and for letting us introduce our congregation!

Rev. Terry Sims, Minister

WELCOME!

We are glad that you have found us! If you have made your way to our congregation or its website, maybe you are wondering and searching, as we were wondering and searching when we found it. Do you share with us a sense that there is more to life than appears on its bare surface? Have you also felt awe, joy, something wonderful that lies at the heart of life and gives it meaning? Do you, too, value questions and critical thinking?

If so, we offer a safe place to gather, explore, and yes, celebrate together. We are the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Surprise, Arizona. We do not ask anyone to stake his or her life on any one belief system by adopting its creed. Instead, we honor and value many wisdom traditions, including our own. We believe that together we can find common purpose for our lives, affirming and respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe that all human beings need to search freely and responsibly for truth and meaning. We believe that all of us need to be treated with justice, equity, and compassion. And we believe that we are only a part of the interdependent web of all existence.

If you are new to the Phoenix area, or “church”, or Unitarian Universalism, or to all three, we would be very pleased to meet you. Thank you for visiting this website and for letting us introduce our congregation!

Rev. Terry Sims, Minister

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

WE ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION

In 1987 the Unitarian Universalist Association established the Common Vision Planning Committee. This committee found many negative attitudes, deep prejudices, and profound ignorance about bisexual, gay, and lesbian people, which resulted in the exclusion of bisexual, gay, and lesbian people from their churches. As a result of these findings, the delegates of the 1989 UUA General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to initiate the Welcoming Congregation program to educate its members. Each congregation adapts the program to best meet its goals and each unique situation can bring positive changes to individuals and congregations.

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SUSTAINABLE LIVING

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. –Paul Hawken, to a graduating class in 2009 

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WE ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION

In 1987 the Unitarian Universalist Association established the Common Vision Planning Committee. This committee found many negative attitudes, deep prejudices, and profound ignorance about bisexual, gay, and lesbian people, which resulted in the exclusion of bisexual, gay, and lesbian people from their churches. As a result of these findings, the delegates of the 1989 UUA General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to initiate the Welcoming Congregation program to educate its members. Each congregation adapts the program to best meet its goals and each unique situation can bring positive changes to individuals and congregations.

LEARN MORE

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. –Paul Hawken, to a graduating class in 2009 

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