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Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six sources

The Seven Principles are:

  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.

 

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What We Call Ourselves Now

October 4, 2017

 

On Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Annual Meeting of the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, members voted unanimously in support of a Formal Resolution to Change Name, changing the name of our congregation to “Unitarian Universalist Meeting House”. The text of the resolution follows:

Because we are affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, have been since 1963, and pay full share dues each year; and

 

Because we consider our congregation a safe and welcoming space for Sunday services and community-centered activities and events including but not limited to the Welcome Table, the Mid-Maine Community Forum, Central Maine Action Group and other community groups, cultural events, and meetings; and

 

Because the name “Meeting House” has historical significance: The “East Pittsfield Union Meeting House” was the site’s non-denominational meeting house in 1857 and “First Universalist Meeting House Society” was established in 1867; and

 

WHEREAS current members met and discussed the idea of name change, collaboratively proposed options, and publicized the options over the course of several months, followed by a congregational vote in which no votes were cast to keep the current name and an overwhelming majority voted to change the name to “Unitarian Universalist Meeting House;” and 

 

WHEREAS the space has regional significance as a gathering place for the surrounding communities of Newport, Troy, Unity, Burnham, Detroit, St. Albans, Hartland, Canaan, and Palmyra; and

 

WHEREAS the structure has both statewide and national historic significance; and

 

WHEREAS the structure is in need of ongoing maintenance, restoration, and major renovation; and

 

WHEREAS pledges and collections from Sunday services and building use rental income have not sustained the church financially since 1988; 

 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that it is the sense of this meeting that our space is underutilized; and 

 

BE IT further resolved that the name "First Universalist Church" is not as inclusive, nor as representative as it could be; and

 

BE IT finally resolved that the name “Unitarian Universalist Meeting House” of Pittsfield is more inclusive and representative of the function, activities, and future of this congregation.

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