We're glad you found us. Gathered in 1854 by Universalists who embraced a theology of all-inclusive love, our church has a rich history and a tradition of extending its liberal religious message to the greater community. Our members come from all over the Central Connecticut area.
We are A Liberal Religious Community Celebrating Diversity and Love
If you have passed by our meetinghouse on Paddock Avenue, you certainly have seen the signs! UUMeriden is a religious community that welcomes and affirms all people regardless of sexual or affectional orientation and gender expression. If we weren't clear about that before we're standing up and shouting out loud and clear. You are welcome here!
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden is a welcoming and caring community which celebrates and upholds its commitment to diversity in beliefs, background, and life experience, while challenging ourselves and others to seek justice through loving action.
With historical roots which spring from the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalists believe that the personal conscience and experience of each individual are the final authorities in matters of faith. Rather than subscribing to a single religious creed or doctrine, we strive to keep our minds open to the questions humans have asked across all cultures since the beginning of civilization. Ours is a faith in action. We work to make our principles of human dignity, compassion, and justice more alive in this world. We believe in love.
Each week 25% of the undesignated cash offerings in the Sunday collection plate are donated to a worthwhile community organization chosen by the Social Responsibility Committee. For the month of May the recipient is Project R.E.A.C.H. Project R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Adolescent to Create Hope) is dedicated to providing services that empower youth ages 13 to 21 to make choices in the best interest of their safety, well-being and future selves through intervention, education, case management, supportive counseling, and service linkages. Specific services are provided through their Shelter Services and Street Outreach Services. Project REACH’s Street Outreach Services, through the Women and Families Center, works with UU Meriden and Chrysalis to provide the weekly LGBT Teen Safe Space. Their expertise in working with the teens in the surrounding communities has been an immeasurable help with getting this project started and continuing.
Inspire a thirst for justice and partner with others who share our commitment to loving community
Challenge our assumptions about the world and ourselves Be a place of renewal and exploration
Minister with hope and inspiration
Create sanctuary for freedom of thought and expression
Support personal growth and develop leaders through education and example
To realize our vision we will:
Did you miss a service? Would you like to hear the sermon again or read it? Beginning with our September services you can now read a copy of most of Rev. Jan's sermons here on the website, and beginning with the October services you can listen to a recording of the sermon. GO TO THE SERMON PAGE
The Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull began her ministry with us last year. The first full-time minister to serve our church in almost a half-century, Jan has brought her incredible energy and insight to this congregation as we continue the tradition of this church in extending our liberal religious message