Our Vision and Mission
Vision: We support the principles of individual freedom of belief, respect for the differences of others, promotion of universal peace and understanding, and recognition of the basic worth and dignity of all people.
Mission: Our mission is to promote, extend, and to apply the Principles and the Living Tradition of the Unitarian Universalist Association, in support of spiritual growth and a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.
Our Seven Principles: We Believe in and work towards:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Our Approach to Faith
We Unitarian Universalists have inherited a magnificent theological legacy. In a sweeping answer to creeds that divide the human family, Unitarianism proclaims that we spring from a common source; Universalism, that we share a common destiny.
Our local community ranges in age from less than a year to over eighty. We are singles, couples, retirees, and young families. Members and friends of the Fellowship are active participants in our community. Among the other organizations we’re active in are FoodLink, CropWalk, La Leche League, United Community Youth Center, Health Care for All, Democratic Club, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, South Valley Peace Center, city advisory committees, and others. Hobbies and interests include gardening, genealogy, woodworking, travel, reading, square dancing, cross country skiing, hiking, trout fishing, bagpiping, weaving, spinning, politics, mentoring, studying Spanish, attending concerts, visiting art museums, painting, and sewing.
We cherish diversity and welcome among us people of various races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual identities and faith perspectives. Distinctions of power and privilege that exist outside our doors do not apply within them.
To get an idea of our unique approach to faith, watch a 10-minute video:
Programs for Spiritual Growth
Through sermons during our Sunday Services, and during children’s religious education classes and adult study groups, we regularly find inspiration from many different religions and spiritual practices, including reason and scientific understanding, embracing the six sources of our living tradition. We have a small library filled with books for spiritual growth, UU identity, and responsible living. Our online bookstore points the way to many other insights to aid you on your spiritual journey. Our weekly social potlucks continue to build our community.
Why we are here:
- Because here we join with open hearts and minds to worship together, seeking what is sacred among us.
- Because here we are part of a long, liberal tradition of reason and tolerance, of hope and liberation.
- Because we honor our Jewish & Christian roots, & also reach out to know the great truths found in other religious expressions.
- Because here we acknowledge that revelation is never sealed and empower ourselves to search for new truths.
- Because here we nurture our children’s enthusiasms and encourage their questions.
- Because here we welcome diverse people and views.
- Because here we join our strength with others to create a more just society.
- Because here we respect the whole self — mind, body and spirit working together.
- Because here we encourage each other to be true to ourselves.
- Because here we build a supportive community that eases our loneliness and opens our hearts.
(from the Revs. Barbara & Bill Hamilton-Holway of the First UU Church of Berkeley)
Social Justice and Environmental Action
We are a certified Green Sanctuary, responding to the call to heal the Earth, combat global warming, and live more sustainable lives. For more information:
Our congregation is also an active member of the UU Justice Ministry of California, which works to support UUs and congregations engaging in immigrant justice, environmental justice, economic justice and equality work. For more information about our local social and environmental justice efforts, see:
History and Geography
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Visalia (UUFV) was founded in 1970. We were formally incorporated in 2007. Donations to us are fully tax-deductible.
We serve the gateway communities to Sequoia National Park of Visalia, Tulare, Exeter, Three Rivers, Farmersville, Goshen, Dinuba, Reedley, Kingsburg, Selma, and our neighbors in King County in Hanford, Corcoran, and Lemoore, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. If you live outside this region, there are several other UU Congregations of the Central Valley and Sierra.
If you are interested in exploring membership, please review our Pathways to Membership.