Our congregation believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the right of conscience and questioning, to name just two of the seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. I have been a member of this congregation since 2011 and through the years I’ve experienced its fellowship and its strong commitment to social justice. We are there to support each other in times difficult or joyous, and to support our community at large. As a member of the Social Justice Pillar, I have witnessed the adherence to these values both in word and deed. For example, we have been working to help our community and charitable organizations with food, clothing, monetary donations etc. during this pandemic. It is meaningful work. But we also hold interesting and fun events and invite speakers with various talents and skills and/or from various organizations and universities. In addition we have engaging speakers on topics that vary, from world religions to astronomy, right in our midst. We are more than a church, we are a welcoming community.
I came into Unitarian-Universalism in the early 1990s from a typical Christian background. Although I valued this background when I was growing up, and still do, I have been more of a naturalist, or “benevolent agnostic,” in my later years, To me, all these terms mean is that I make no claim to know all the answers to the meanings and mysteries of life. What mainly drew me into Unitarian-Universalism was the wonder and beauty of the 7 UU principles, which I think provide astonishingly meaningful light to an often dark world. It is because of this, and the people I met as a result, that I have enjoyed immensely being a part of the UUCT.
I’m very proud to be a log-time member of UUCT. This congregation has not only allowed me to exercise my interest in social justice, but also let me continue our congregation’s involvement with the community. The location of our church building— a little outside of the center of town— hasn’t diminished our engagement with various groups of people and our name recognition in the community. Most of all, I am proud that we are a welcoming fellowship, embracing people of lgbtq+ orientations, racial diversity, international origins, varied religious backgrounds, and economic statuses. I myself am of Asian Indian origin and have been immensely helped by UUCT members in times of natural, personal, and medical crises. UUCT continues to be my adoptive home and family. I am grateful for it.
This congregation is amazing! They hold monthly events and are always really engaged with the Tuscaloosa community. Social justice is very important to their members and its reflected in their actions.