"At First UU Ann Arbor we do not check our brains at the door but enter a place where we can address things we can't address elsewhere. We find involvement with others who share our liberal religious values exciting and energizing."
These words characterize the energy in our congregation that grew out of our "Sankofa" project-- a congregational conversation that examined what we value most in our long rich history and challenged us to ignite our collective imagination and envision what we can become. The core values we identified in that process guide both our governance and our program development
Our Core Values Guide Our Governance
In 2011 the UUAA congregation adopted the following description of our core values.
The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI (UUAA) has been deeply committed to liberal religious thought and action since 1865.. We join together in community to encourage and inspire each other's spiritual journeys, to honor and care for the natural world around us, and to join forces in furthering social justice, in order to make a difference in the world.
1. Spiritual life
We find inspiration, renewal, and challenge in worship services. Children, youth and adults are enriched by classes and programs that expand religious understanding and nurture spiritual growth rooted in Unitarian Universalist traditions and values.
2. Social Justice and Environmental Action
We live our beliefs by creating, sustaining, and enhancing programs that actively engage congregants of all ages in projects that promote peace, justice, and positive environmental action locally and beyond.
We create and foster community by providing an intentionally welcoming and safe environment where all feel valued and cared for, and where all are given opportunity to form meaningful connections with one another. We foster a climate of purposeful inclusion of all. We cherish the diversity of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective. We live together in peace, search for truth in love, and help one another.
We are all active stewards, serving our congregation and pursuing our ministries through prudent and creative use of our resources, whether physical, environmental, financial or human. We show respect and care for our beautiful building and grounds, for our staff, and for one another. We cultivate right relationships among Members of this congregation and with the wider world.
We are nourished by the culture that has evolved in this congregation throughout our rich liberal religious heritage in Ann Arbor, a culture rooted in our core belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. We learn and grow from our differences. We value our connections, past, present and future, to the Unitarian Universalist world network.