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Our church is rooted in the Judeo-Christian heritage and came into being during the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. We have no creeds to which members must agree and affirm that “we need not think alike to love alike”. We also affirm the Protestant notion of the "priesthood of all believers" by asserting that final authority for religious faith should rest in the conscience and experience of the individual. Though the congregation exhibits a wide spectrum of religious thought, we agree that faith involves inquiry. Thus, our church exists to institutionalize religious freedom.

Unitarian Covenant

In America, the Unitarian church is a descendent of the Puritan New England congregations. We inherited from them the principle of congregationalism. This form of church government gives autonomy to each church in the administration of its own affairs. This continues today in our various congregations with the result that they vary in style and theological emphasis.

The Puritan settlers placed authority in the local congregation by returning to the covenant theory of the New Testament. Each congregation was gathered under the authority of Jesus free from the control of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Centralized authority was rejected because the Puritans could not find its blueprint in the primitive church as described in the scriptures. A congregation was formed by establishing a covenant which described how the members agreed to walk together in mutual fellowship. These covenants were not creedal statements but expressed the way members promised to behave in relationship to one another.