Who We Are
Our Fellowship was established in 1958 and has been a force for liberal religion on the Peninsula ever since. UUFP is a church full of welcoming hearts who believe in the individual search for truth and meaning. Relying upon reason and compassion as our guide, we seek to grow in understanding of ourselves and our world, while respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the interdependent web of all existence.
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Our Fellowship was organized in 1958. Since the views of those meeting at that time were integrationist there was little chance of acquiring a building in those days. However because of their contacts in the Jewish community, our founders were able to buy a very small retired frame synagogue on a side street in downtown Hampton.
At that time most churches in the area were segregated but ours was not. It was a center of liberal religion,a site of public interaction of black and white and a center of immorality in the eyes of opponents of homosexuality.
The tiny Unitarian synagogue disappeared long ago, replaced by a new Unitarian-Universalist building further north on the Peninsula in 1980 but its history is one of the many chapters in which liberal religion has joined with open hearts in addressing the problems of its time and place.
What is Unitarian Universalism?
We are people of all ages, backgrounds. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.
We think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. In America, the Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. After consolidating in 1961, these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. To learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism, please see the pamphlet, "Unitarian Universalist Origins: Our Historic Faith."
Since the merger of the two denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.
See also the Unitarian Universalist Association website page,
"Our Beliefs and Principles"
"Our Beliefs and Principles"