Vision & Values

Our Vision

In 2019, we started the Vision 20/50 project: A community dialogue about who we want to be as a congregation, and what kind of world we want to leave future generations. The result was a boldly-imagined, bright, and just future for our children and grandchildren. We intend to bring this future alive by living in alignment with our principles, values, and covenants.

As a result of this process, we are committed to working in three Vision Priority Areas that will serve as our congregation’s guiding North Star for the work we will do together over the next 30 years:

Climate Action/Climate Justice

Radical Welcome

Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression

Our Core Values

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 the Ann Arbor area and the wider world.

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.

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.

Community – 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.

Stewardship – 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 healthy relationships among members of this congregation and with the wider world.

Culture – We are nourished by the culture that has evolved in this congregation throughout our rich liberal religious heritage in Ann Arbor. Our culture is 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.