The Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich offers an avenue where individuals can come together and become stronger in their faith. Click on the video below to see "We Are Unitarian Universalists" (approx 3 minutes) or continue reading to learn more about our religious community in Norwich, CT.
WGBH News: All Things Considered by Barbara Howard
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition, which we share, draws from many sources:
Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men, which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
Wisdom from the world's religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
Jewish and Christian teachings, which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Humanist teachings, which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
We gather as a religious community in the spirit of gratitude, hope, and love as individuals and as a congregation.
Aware that the culture we create is a product of the words we speak and the deeds we do, we covenant to affirm and promote:
Appreciation and encouragement in each other’s' efforts.
Sensitivity by seeking to understand what different voices are trying to say.
Mutual respect through striving to communicate personally.
Honoring the roles of leadership by speaking directly to those in positions of responsibility.
Lottie B Scott Congregation Member
Why I am a Unitarian Universalist
I arrived from Longtown, SC in 1957 as a young mother with a small child. In my search for a home church, I was surprised to learn that black church folks focused on my clothes because they did not match. Members of a white church, exhibiting facial expressions of horror, would move if I sat next to them. I stopped going to church and began to spend time drinking coffee at the Thorn Coffeehouse, where I met the Rev. Tharald Olfson. He invited me to the Unitarian Universalist Church where I meet people from all walks of life. I was welcomed. It did not matter that I had little money. I was with people who shared similar beliefs of fairness -- the right to question and the right to protest. I found a religious home. Lottie B. Scott.
Wayne Silver Vice President
Why I joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich
During a period of alienation from Judaism, my life long religion, I stumbled across UUCN and decided to attend a service. I was immediately drawn in by the fascinating sermon, beautiful piano music, and lively discussion following the service. I was also intrigued by the people and their many differences. It was as diverse a religious community as I had ever seen.
Eventually, I found my way back to Judaism and now belong to a synagogue in Norwich. But I am still a proud member of UUCN as well. My two religious homes complement and complete each other. I am grateful to UUCN for the opportunity to express my religious feelings in more than one way and in more than one setting. I am also grateful for the opportunity to help my local community and a distant land that desperately needs what we can offer. At UUCN, we want to serve, and we do. Wayne Silver.
Dianne M. Daniels Past President
Why I am a Unitarian Universalist
I was not raised with a "home church." My parents wanted us to attend services, but their variable work schedules as hospital employees didn't often allow for it as they had different days off each week. When I married my husband of now 27 years, we started out attending the local church of the same denomination that he grew up in.
I loved the people, but not the "women as second-class citizen" that I felt from the leadership at times. We left that church when too much "Do as I say, not as I Do" became evident. Two respected families in our area invited us to attend a Kwanzaa ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich, and we've been attending services ever since - over 20 years now.
The Unitarian Universalist Church was the first I'd been to that lived and practiced the principle of seeing the inherent worth and dignity of all people - no matter who they were. The first time I volunteered at a Community Meal and saw the doors thrown open and whoever walked through the door getting fed, my heart swelled, and I knew this would be my church home.
Here I have been challenged, taught, loved, corrected, fed and supported (I'm currently studying UU Ministry at the Starr King School for the Ministry) - and I'm SO happy that I'm here!
Aaron Daniels Past Treasurer
Aaron "Al" Daniels is a 30+ year resident of Eastern CT, including spending 21 years serving on U.S. Naval Submarines. He retired in 2001 as a Chief Petty Officer and shortly thereafter began a career at Norwich Public Utilities, where he works as a Watch Engineer.
Al's love of music (he's a professional percussionist and plays with multiple bands), and the community (including serving on the Board of TVCCA and the Norwich Board of Education) keep him busy, as does his love of aviation (he holds a private pilot's license with multi-engine endorsement, and is the President of the Flight Officer Connie Nappier Jr. chapter of Black Pilots of America). He brings diverse and thoughtful subjects to his sermons, along with an easy laugh and encouraging spirit.
Joseph Denis Lanoue President - Board of Management