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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse – UUCGT

All are welcome here! Every Individual has Inherent Worth and Dignity (The UU First Principle).  We have a mission to free minds, grow souls, and change the world. We are choosing the Way With Heart – Join us!

office@uucgt.org | 231-947-3117
6726 Center Road, Traverse City, MI, 49686
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About UUCGT

We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. 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 have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.

We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs (link opens in new window) 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. 

We are Unitarian Universalist and Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist and agnostic, believers in God, and more. (links open in new window)

On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

You are invited to share in our congregation’s care and concern for one and all by joining us for coffee, tea, cocoa, and conversation after the Sunday Service as well as by attending any of our social events. We build our beloved community by sharing the moments of our lives, large or small — births, weddings, joys, sorrows, and happenings at home and at work.  Let us share in your life’s moments.

We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith.

Our Beliefs

In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.

Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.

Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to an inclusive spirituality drawn from six sources: from scriptural wisdom to personal experience to modern day heroes.

Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:

We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.

Learn more about Unitarian Universalists from a variety of beliefs and backgrounds: Atheist/Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, and more. (links open in new window)

Our Mission

Congregational Mission Statement

  • We are a Congregation creating a better world by nurturing the heart and expanding the mind.
  • We provide a safe, caring community where all can freely explore diverse religious thought.
  • We work for justice and equality with the power of compassion and compassionate power.

Our Sunday services begin at 10:30 am.  We offer varied and vibrant services with meaningful ritual, transcendent music, and challenging messages.  Whoever you are, however you move, however you feel or think or believe, whoever you love – you are welcome in this house.  You are invited to join us for coffee, tea, cocoa, and conversation after the Sunday Service and to attend any of our social events.

We build our beloved community by sharing the moments of our lives, large or small events – births, weddings, joys, sorrows, and happenings at home and at work.  Let us share in your life’s moments.

Our congregation is active in our community and our world, engaging in social justice work at home and abroad, and continually working hard toward “justice and equality.”

Living our Unitarian Universalist Principles, we:

Welcome all who come here and we assume good intentions.
Encourage all voices to speak and willingly listen for understanding.
Lift up work for justice and equity in areas including race, gender and sexuality.
Choose responsible participation in the inter-dependent web.
Operate democratically in congregational work and decision making.
Match passions with service to the congregation
Extend compassion to all.