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Welcome to UUFF, a beacon of liberal religion in Northwest Arkansas. As we say in the class for the 4-6 year olds, “This is the church of the open mind. This is the church of the helping hands. This is the church of the loving heart.”
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville was formed in the 1950s as part of a progressive, liberal religion that believes in spiritual exploration, community, social justice practices: Unitarian Universalism. UUFF has been active in Northwest Arkansas and beyond ever since, growing to become the second largest UU church in the state.
Unitarian Universalism grew out of liberal Christianity (Unitarianism and Universalism) and Transcendentalism to include Humanism, Feminism, Earth Spirituality, and Eastern Wisdom. Since we kept adding sources of wisdom, we had to spell out our Principles, or how our sources should compel us to believe and act in the world as a people. No matter one’s source of religious being, we should all strive to honor our interconnection to each other and the ecology as we work to afford all human beings their inherent worth and dignity. We as UUs are driven to be in dialogue with each other about our sources, learning how to get along, just as we hope the world will get along in our vast diversity.
Because of our unique internal social/religious dialogue, we are compelled to take our beliefs and practices into the world through social justice practices. Our people, both Unitarian, Universalist, and UU, have been active abolitionists, suffragists, and pacifists. In modern times we stepped into the Civil Rights Movement, and continue to march as feminists, LGBTQ advocates, ecological activists, economic and class activists, and advocate for immigrant and minority rights, among other justice issues.
Reason and Spirit
We are people who understand that it is not the intellect alone that moves the world, nor the wholly emotional, but a reasonable search for truth and meaning that uses our full human capabilities that will set us free. We are non-theists, theists, rational, mystical, intellectual and heart filled people who know that the struggle to be in a community like ours is at the edge of religion and philosophy, the saving edge of being human. If we can do it here, we can do it for the world. Our robust religious education programs help us as we journey forward.