Unitarian Universalist congregations are made up of members with a diverse set of beliefs. Our members and friends draw from many faith traditions: Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Humanist, Pagan, and others. Our holidays and traditions draw from these different faiths, as well as ceremonies unique to UU congregations.

We are unified by a commitment to shared values, namely our Seven Principles. Our congregation promotes these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection, social justice, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.

UUs know that what we do with our beliefs is as important as what they are. Whether in community with others or as an individual, we know that active, tangible expressions of love, justice, and peace are what make a difference. We always strive to be creators of positive change in people, and in the world.

The Seven UU Principles

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
  5. The right of conscience, and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

For a more in-depth discussion of the seven principles, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association’s website.

The Chalice

Unitarian Universalism’s religious symbol is a flaming chalice that represents many different things: the flame of hope, the warmth of community, and the light of reason.

Here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, we begin each service by lighting the chalice flame to mark our community coming together to create this sacred space. This flame remains lit throughout the service, and the extinguishing of the chalice flame marks the end of our Sunday service.


Our faith tradition is diverse and inclusive. We grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They joined to become the UUA in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of many beliefs who share UU values of peace, love, and understanding.