NSUU fosters liberal religious living through worship, study, service, and fellowship. Our congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) nationally, and the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU) locally.
We at NSUU welcome all with inquiring minds, loving hearts, and tolerant spirits into our religious community of fellowship, compassion, support, and sharing.
We promote the good in ourselves and in others by embracing moral and ethical values that honor humanity and respect justice. Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages each person to seek his or her own spiritual path. We believe each person has a share of the truth, and that we need each other to grow. We view our religious experience as a process more than a statement, a journey more than a destination. It is how we live all the time rather than a thing we do on Sunday morning or a set of beliefs we can recite.
We draw from many religious sources:
- Direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
- Word and deeds of prophetic men and women, which challenges us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
- Wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors and ourselves.
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us of idolatries of the mind and spirit.
- Spiritual teachings of earth centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life, and instruct us to love in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
We affirm Unitarian Universalist principles:
- 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 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 Mission Statement:
- NSUU is a welcoming, inclusive, and nurturing community that celebrates its spiritual diversity while living out its covenant to create a more just, loving, and sustainable world.
Our Covenant of Right Relations governs our interactions with each other:
- We covenant to relate to one another from a premise of trust, mutual respect, and good intentions.
- We covenant to be compassionate and honest as we speak and listen to each other.
- Recognizing that conflict is inevitable and its healthy management is an opportunity for growth, we covenant to take responsibility for our own actions and our own feelings.
- We agree to communicate directly with one another with the intention of maintaining the dignity of others as well as ourselves.
- We covenant to respect boundaries, our own and those of others to insure a healthy congregation.
- We covenant to recognize the separate but inter-related roles of ministers, staff, leaders, and congregants and agree to interact in the spirit of this covenant of right relations.
- We covenant to share in the leadership and decision-making of this congregation as our personal circumstances allow.
- We covenant to honor and care for our sacred space.
- It is our hope and prayer that together we will make this covenant an integral expression of our church’s vision in the wider world.