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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, founded in January 1989, is a relatively new religious group in northern Wisconsin. We are a chartered member of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Unitarian Universalist Association grew out of the consolidation in 1961 of two religious denominations: the Universalists, organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, organized in 1825.

  • We believe in the freedom of religious expression. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion. In the end, religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves.
  • We uphold the free search for truth. We are not bound by a statement or belief, nor do we ask anyone to ascribe to a creed.
  • We believe in the toleration of religious ideas. All religions, in every age and culture, possess not only intrinsic merit, but also a potential value for those who have learned the art of listening. We believe that religious wisdom is ever changing. We celebrate unfolding truths known to teachers, prophets and sages throughout the ages.
  • We affirm the worth and dignity of each human being. All people on earth have an equal claim to life, liberty, and justice. We know people differ in their opinions and life-styles, and believe these differences generally should be honored.
  • We seek to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. The here and now and the effects our actions will have on future generations deeply concern us. We know that our relationships with one another, with other people, races, and nations, should be governed by justice, equity and compassion.

We welcome anyone who is sympathetic with our purposes to become a member of our Fellowship. To become a member of the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship you need only to sign the Membership Book and make an annual contribution of record. Membership is open to all persons 18 years of age or older regardless of race, color, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, or national origin.

President: Toni Lieppert Polfus
skipols@newnorth.net 

Treasurer: Mel Hoff
mlh3913@yahoo.com

NUUSLetter Editor:  Terry Hoyt
thoyt@newnorth.net 

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
8625 Peggy's Lane
PO Box 1881
Woodruff WI 54568-1881

 

 

 

8625 Peggys Ln, Woodruff, WI 54568 (Google Maps Link)

 

 

The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a welcoming congregation.

When you first visit our fellowship, you will be greeted at the door, and if you wish, your presence will be acknowledged at the beginning of the service. Most members at our Fellowship dress up a bit; however, some come dressed for a hike in the woods, so wear what you are comfortable with.

Our services are held every other Sunday at 10:00 a.m. On alternate Sundays, adult religious education sessions are held at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and snacks follow each service. Coffee and cookies or bars are available at adult R.E.

Children's religious education is held during services, but not on alternate Sundays. Currently, we have a small group of 6-13 year-olds active in Children's RE. We generally do not meet during school breaks or holiday weekends. Your children are welcome to sit with you during the service, whether or not children's RE is offered on the Sunday you are here.

We hope you will find us to be friendly and open, and will continue to visit our fellowship. We do not pressure visitors to join, but we are always happy to welcome new members.

Our members come from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, including Unitarian/Universalist, Judaic, Catholic, protestant, pagan, agnostic and athiest. We welcome people of all races, creeds and sexual orientation.

Church services begin with announcements, then lighting of the Chalice, and sharing of joys and concerns. We have visiting UU ministers, or guest speakers, or member-directed services. Music is provided by the members, including a choir, duets or solos, or a recorder ensemble. We join together to sing 2-3 hymns accompanied by our pianist during the services. Following the sermon or presentation, we have a "Talk-back" time in which congregants may share their impressions of the topic or ask questions of the presenter.

Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages seekers to find their own spiritual path. Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action by helping to make our communities—and the world—a better place.

Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion in which members support one another in our search for truth and meaning.  We have historic roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, but today individual Unitarian Universalists may identify as Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Humanist,  Pagan, or with other philosophical or religious traditions.

We promote reason and tolerance in our communities and embrace a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. As members of a non-creedal religious tradition, we Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to discern our own beliefs about different spiritual topics.

The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) seven principles express the shared values that UUA member congregations affirm and promote.  Many Unitarian Universalists find rich personal and theological meaning in these principles.

 

(From UUA.org)

 

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