History and Governance

Our congregation was founded in 1947. We were the first Unitarian congregation in North Carolina. Our community now includes about 520 adult members and 100 children and youth. We hold widely varying religious views and follow many different spiritual paths, while cohering around a set of shared values.

A few of our members came to us from other Unitarian Universalist congregations throughout the country, but most new members come from outside of this liberating religion. They may have identified with other faith traditions, or they may never have belonged to a spiritual community.

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte is guided by a Board of Trustees and led by a professional staff. Our Coordinating Team manages day-to-day operations. But our primary resources are the hundreds of members whose generous offerings of time, talent, insight and financial resources help support and sustain us.

We’re a self-governing congregation, free and responsible to determine the mission, structure and programming that best meet our own spiritual needs and most effectively offer a beacon of progressive thought and action in our larger community.

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte is a Welcoming Congregation.  We earned our Green Sanctuary Certification in June of 2019.

Our Shared Principles

Unitarian Universalists hold the following Seven Principles as strong values and moral teachings. They are neither doctrine nor creed, but they serve as a guide for those who call themselves Unitarian Universalists.

  • 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.

For more information about our shared principles and their sources, we invite you to visit the website of our national association, The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA).