Our prayers and love are with the LGBTQ and Latin communities in the Orlando area and throughout the nation. The mass killing in Orlando touches us all. Truly, prayers and warm thoughts are not enough. It is natural and important to grieve for and to honor those who died and also their loved ones. Yet our grief and our love must quickly strengthen those of us who are not consumed by immediate grief, so that we are spurred to action to affirm, protect, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and lives of LGBTQ persons and the Hispanic community – and, in fact, all people. The violence in our society, the polarization, the rhetoric of hatred, isolationism, and superiority, and the loss of our sense of mutual care as a nation have all combined to set a dangerous atmosphere. As Unitarian Universalists, we need to respond with the balance of love, deep connection, and reason that is at the heart of our faith. It is time to work, to witness, and to stand on the side of love.
Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist is a religious community that confirms, challenges and supports a diverse membership that spans all age groups, faith traditions, and an array of ethnic, political and economic experiences.
Here you will find liberal Christians, Jews, atheists, agnostics, pagans, Buddhists and other believers worshipping together, discussing their beliefs and learning from each other. We think that diversity enriches us all as we talk about a reality that none of us can possibly know completely. [Read more]
The purpose of the Church is to promote liberal religion, ensure individual freedom of conscience and restrict no one in his/her belief with creedal or doctrinal confessions.[Read more]
Our church is unique in that we do not have one set of beliefs that everyone must share in order to join. Rather, we believe in pluralistic religious ideas and the freedom of their expression. We believe that individual reason and conscience are the arbiters of religious truth. And we believe that seeking that truth is a never-ending journey. [Read more]