Faith In Action
Ours is a faith of “deeds, not creeds.”
We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to practice our faith in tangible ways. We are believers in what is good, what is right, and what is just.
We affirm seven Principles, the first of which is a deep recognition of each person’s inherent dignity and worth.
We Seek Justice. We are deeply committed to positive social change.
We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and actively object to what we believe is wrong. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.
As an expression of our faith and values, we take our faith in action on relevant issues of social justice. Social justice is a spiritual discipline in UU congregations. Please join with us to make a difference in our families, our community and our World. Nurture your spirit while helping heal our World!
Statement of Members and Friends of the First Unitarian Church
As people of faith, we, the undersigned members and friends of the First Unitarian Church of Alton, have been galvanized by the not-guilty verdict of September 15th, 2017, in St. Louis City in the unlawful death of Anthony Lamar Smith. In response, we hereby attest and affirm the following:
The U.S. Justice System is in conflict with the First Principle of Unitarian Universalism: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Our First Principle echoes a key purpose of the U.S. Constitution which the verdict fails to honor: to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
In response to these affronts to human dignity and liberty, we pledge to work toward the achievement of what is assured in the Pledge of Allegiance: “liberty and justice for all.”
For our support with events and actions that oppose racism and promote equality, please contact us through the church website.
Michelle Bryant Barbeau
Reverend Amy Brooks
Robert Carter, Jr.
Claudia Ward Harju
Debby Elliott Lovell
Kayci Combs Lueker