Unitarian Universalism - Building a New Way
The Unitarian Universalist Church sits on a corner of Grafton Common looking for all the world like a traditional church, in a traditional setting, in a traditional New England town.
From the outside.
On the inside, however, an altogether different spiritual practice is happening - one that
Those who are new to UUSGU and to Unitarian Universalism can explore life’s questions without any sort of creedal test. We believe the true measure of a religious tradition is shown best by deeds, not creeds, trusting the work of our hearts and hands above any ancient words that may not have meaning in our lives today.
At UUSGU we keep an open mind to the spiritual questions people have asked for centuries. We seek religious truths through personal experience, conscience, and reason. Trusting that revelation is not sealed, we do not look to any one source, or book, or person for religious authority. Rather, we trust in the individual search for truth and meaning, found and tested in the bonds of community, just as many famous Unitarian Universalists have done through the ages.
We agree that some beliefs are good for us and our world, while others are not so healthy. We regard the highest values to be integrity, justice, truth, peace, tolerance, compassion and service. Advancing these ideals has always been a major purpose of our congregation and our great faith.
Our church was established in 1731. Originally, the meetinghouse stood in the center of the town common. One hundred years after its founding, the church was split along the liberal-orthodox line. The liberal wing took the name Unitarian and built their church at its present location. The orthodox wing took the name Congregational.
During the Civil War, while the minister was serving with the Massachusetts Regiment, the church burned down. The current building was rebuilt and dedicated in 1864. Within the past 40 years, the Unitarian Society of Upton and the Unitarian Society of Grafton were merged. Both churches have weathered the progress and unrest inherent in a vital and changing society, and both have contributed greatly to the religious life of their respective communities. Today we are a growing, active, family-oriented church welcoming many members from neighboring towns including Westborough, Millbury, Worcester, and Shrewsbury. All have joined to continue our common journey.
At UUSGU an important means of communication is our monthly newsletter, The Voices, which can be requested here and received by email. In addition, members can read about current Unitarian Universalist issues and ideas within the greater Association of UU members by browsing the UU Worldmagazine, available to church members by mail and online. And, of course, we appreciate being “liked” on facebook.
UUSGU offers something for everyone. We are all vital and necessary members who encompass and embrace many social and religious perspectives. We enjoy small group spiritual discussions, church outings, book discussions, potluck suppers, family nights, holiday celebrations, and educational seminars which keep our church an active, special part of our daily lives. Your calendar could become quite full with all the enriching and rewarding offerings for your mind, body and spirit. Visit anytime or read this site for more information.