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About us and Unitarian Universalism!

Five aspirations help us grow.Love is the spirit of life

As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we aspire to be:

Deeply Connected: We strive to foster healthy relationships amongst and within UU communities, with the broader world and with all life.

Radically Inclusive: We strive to create hospitable, diverse, multi-generational communities.

Actively Engaged: We strive to work joyfully for a just and compassionate society, experimenting with new forms of community.

Theologically Alive: We seek to be ever-evolving in our understanding, open to new knowledge.

Spiritually Grounded: We seek transformation through personal spiritual experiences and shared ritual

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The Unitarian Congregation of Guelph (UCG) is a shared Ministry liberal religious community. We work for justice, equity and compassion in human relations, honour each individual’s search for truth and meaning, and encourage respect and reverence for the natural world we all share.

We welcome and celebrate all people regardless of their cultural background, physical or mental ability, and gender identity or sexual orientation. As an intentionally diverse religious community, we embrace Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, humanists, atheists, agnostics, pagans, and persons of many other spiritual paths and traditions, all sharing a desire to live with greater depth, meaning and purpose.

Our Unitarian community started in1960 with a small group of like-minded individuals meeting in one another’s homes or rented space. Today we have over 80 members, friends and children participating in our services and in our adult and children’s programming.

For more information on our history read The Story of the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph.

The Principles and Sources of Unitarian Universalism

Candle burningUnitarian Universalists (UUs) and UU congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We do not hold to one particular creed or dogma, because we believe that what matters is not who or what you believe in, but how you live your life.

UUs live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.

 “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.”
—Rev. Barbara Wellsten Hove



We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • 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.


The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

Learn more: How the UU Principles and Sources were Shaped – from 2006 UU World article, USA

To learn more about what is happening across Canada in Unitarian Universalist Congregations, please visit The Canadian Unitarian Council website

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