What do Unitarians believe?

We believe that:

  • everyone has the right to seek truth and meaning for themselves.
  • the fundamental tools for doing this are your own life experience, your reflection upon it, your intuitive understanding and the promptings of your own conscience.
  • the best setting for this is a community that welcomes you for who you are, complete with your beliefs, doubts and questions.

We can be called religious ‘liberals’

  • religious because we unite to celebrate and affirm values that embrace and reflect a greater reality than self.
  • liberal because we claim no exclusive revelation or status for ourselves; because we afford respect and toleration to those who follow different paths of faith.

We are called ‘Unitarians’

  • because of our traditional insistence on divine unity, the oneness of God.
  • because we affirm the essential unity of humankind and of creation.

PORTSMOUTH UNITARIANS (John Pounds Memorial Unitarian Church)
Our Mission Statement
Spiritual
To develop and maintain a vibrant Unitarian Community providing liberal worship, reasoned faith and spiritual care for the members and friends of the congregation.

Social
To seek ways to demonstrate social concern and promote social justice in the wider community, both independently and in partnership with other faiths and charitable organisations.

Community
To serve our wider and virtual community by offering meaningful, spiritual engagement with their needs.

Environment
To encourage and inspire a way of life which demonstrates care for the planet which is our home.

In some areas Unitarians are often made to feel that they are out on a limb because they do not adhere to any easily definable system of religious or spiritual belief. This is probably not true in Portsmouth where people have discovered us and are happy with our generally liberal approach towards things like the rites of passage – namings, marriage and funerals. Wherever possible, we like people to design and include personal touches in these ceremonies, hopefully in this way making them more meaningful to their families and their friends.

This information appears on the Unitarians in Britain website

The Unitarian Internet Fellowship (UIF) provides an online discussion space where spiritual questions are explored and shared. There is a simple registration process which once completed, will allow you to participate in a variety of discussion threads, as well as read book reviews, poetry, prayers and reflections from other contributers. To find out more, copy and paste the following link into a new window.

http://www.nufonline.org.uk/NewNUF09/index.php