We're glad you found us. Gathered in 1854 by Universalists who embraced a theology of all-inclusive love, our church has a rich history and a tradition of extending its liberal religious message to the greater community. Our members come from all over the Central Connecticut area.
We are A Liberal Religious Community Celebrating Diversity and Love
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden is a welcoming and caring community which celebrates and upholds its commitment to diversity in beliefs, background, and life experience, while challenging ourselves and others to seek justice through loving action.
With historical roots which spring from the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalists believe that the personal conscience and experience of each individual are the final authorities in matters of faith. Rather than subscribing to a single religious creed or doctrine, we strive to keep our minds open to the questions humans have asked across all cultures since the beginning of civilization. Ours is a faith in action. We work to make our principles of human dignity, compassion, and justice more alive in this world. We believe in love.
Voices of a Liberal Faith - About Unitarian Universalism
Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull
Each week 25% of the undesignated cash offerings in the Sunday collection plate are donated to a worthwhile community organization chosen by the Social Justice Council. For the month of November the recipient is Shelter NOW, which provides emergency services to men, women and children, who would otherwise be living on the street. These services include 70 beds at the shelter and a transitional living program with housing for up to eight men. Also provided are coordination of community services, employment assistance, vocational training, medical referrals, counseling, substance abuse treatment/referral, recreational activities, evening meals, case management services, and supportive case management and services for several residents living with HIV/AIDS.
Inspire a thirst for justice and partner with others who share our commitment to loving community
Challenge our assumptions about the world and ourselves
Be a place of renewal and exploration
Minister with hope and inspiration
Create sanctuary for freedom of thought and expression
Support personal growth and develop leaders through education and example
To realize our vision we will:
NEW:CHILDREN AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION RESOURCE PAGE
The Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull began her ministry with us last year. The first full-time minister to serve our church in almost a half-century, Jan has brought her incredible energy and insight to this congregation as we continue the tradition of this church in extending our liberal religious message to the wider community. Jan publishes a monthly newsletter message and leads our Sunday morning worship three Sundays a month.
NEXT SUNDAY AT UU MERIDEN - "Blessing of the Animals" Rev. Dr Jan Carlsson-Bull
Learn more about our Religious Education Programs HERE.
IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN UGANDA
On October 6th we were honored by the presence of Rev. Mark Kiyimba, the pastor of New Life Kampala Unitarian Universalist Church in Uganda, at our worship service.
Rev. Kiyimba is an outspoken advocate for just treatment of Uganda's gay and lesbian population and has been a leading voice in the fight against Uganda's pending anti-LGBT legislation, which would mandate harsh penalties such as life imprisonment or death just for being homosexual in Uganda. In addition to leading his congregation, Rev. Kiyimba operates a primary school for over 650 students, many of whom have been affected by HIV/AIDS, and a children's home of 44 kids for AIDS orphans near Masaka, Uganda. He is currently working on a project to construct a well to provide water for those in the village who currently must walk over two miles to the nearest water supply.
Learn more about the work of Rev. Kiyimba, his congregation,