When first encountering Unitarian Universalism, people often ask the question “What do Unitarian Universalists believe?” The answer that Unitarian Universalists (or UUs as many prefer) are not united under a specific creed or statement of faith often seems mystifying. Why, people ask, if you do not have some sort of doctrine or creed, do you even exist? What is the point of gathering together if you are not uniting to affirm a uniform set of beliefs? The answer is really a simple one. Unitarian Universalists are a people united in covenant rather than by common doctrine. While UUs may espouse a wide range of theological and ideological understandings, the faith does provide a foundation of how we are to interact with one another and the wider community. Once the understanding is clear that UUs operate based on common action and approach rather than common doctrine, it is easy to see how the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism impact the way UUs express their mutual covenant. Here are the seven principles:
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part of
If you can believe in the seven principles of our faith, then you can be a UU too!
Although we have a very active UU congregation, we are now starting up our campus ministry and we have a few goals of our own, which include:
1. Share and promote UU values on the NMSU campus.
2. Provide spiritual support through alternative worship experiences, regular meetings, helping students in times of need, and through fun, frequent, spiritual and social fellowship for like-minded NMSU individuals, groups and our wider community
3. Support service opportunities through social justice activism
4. Promote inclusion among our diverse campus community through increasing awareness and understanding of a variety of needs and beliefs, both in our smaller group as well as the larger community.
5. Connect campus and community, while networking with campus groups (both secular and faith-based), and organize off-campus and out of state trips, teaming with other groups to promote common causes.
6. Have regular monthly meetings, maintain a chartered campus group, and always plan fun, social activities together.
7. Nurture both our spiritual and physical bodies and always keep in mind our UU values throughout all we do together.
Our campus group meets every other Thursday of the month (usually 1st and 3rd) at 6:00 PM at Skeen Hall Room 200 (2nd Floor), unless otherwise specified! These meetings usually include a short worship, spiritual conversation, a "Great Conversation" topic and/or a presentation/workshop on spiritual topics, and discussion of special events that we put on.
Feel free to share your opinions in an open environment for learning and spiritual growth. We may also put on events at the UU Church of Las Cruces (2000 S. Solano, off University Ave).
All of our meetings are open to anyone and FREE food will be provided at each meeting! Be sure to check the calendar for specific dates that may be subject to change.
Our campus group puts on a variety of events sometimes in conjunction with the church or other campus groups. One of our main events that we help coordinate is the Interfaith Dialogue with the NMSU Interfaith Council in which we invite people of all different religions and their organizations to speak about their faith and then we break into a Q&A session with each religion to answer people's questions. Other events that we put on is our meetups, which can include a "Great Conversation" topic in which we discuss pressing issues like LGBT rights, religious tolerance, ethics, immigration, and various social justice topics or a presentation/workshop to educate the community on various spiritual topics.
Another important part of our group is community service and social justice activism. Come and get involved today! Send us an email!