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Apr 27, 2018
"Gather the Spirit" with Jim Scott - Composer, Guitarist, Singer
A Raising of  Voices (come sing or just smile along) Sponsored by the UU Fellowship of Yellow Springs at The Yellow Springs Senior Center 227 Xenia Ave. Yellow Springs OH - Free admission - 7 PM
Jim brings a warmth and authenticity that turns any size audience into an intimate gathering.  With intelligent poetry and lyrical melodies Jim invites us all to sing and celebrate the Earth and a just, peaceful world.  Honed through his years with the Paul Winter Consort and world travels as soloist, Jim’s guitar mastery and enchanting manner moved folk legend Pete Seeger to call him “Some kind of magician.”

Who We Are

What We Believe
Unitarian Universalism is not a new faith.

"Unitarianism" means belief in one God, not a Trinity. It includes the belief that Jesus was not a god, but a very wise man whose teachings are applicable today. It was the official doctrine of the Christian church from about 315 A.D. to 325 A.D., when the Council of Nicea reversed the doctrine.

"Universalism" is the belief that we are not born with original sin which requires that we be saved from damnation by belief in God. Instead, we are born with all the attributes needed to live a godly life.

These beliefs have surfaced throughout the centuries, in Europe and America. Current UU beliefs arose in opposition to the strict Calvinist Doctrine of the Puritans in New England. Enlightenment thought and emerging Biblical scholarship clarified many aspects of Christian doctrine including the central concept of the Trinity. Free thinkers like Channing, Emerson, Parker and many others moved away from traditional doctrine and emphasized the right to seek a personal God, inspired by nature. They were labeled "Unitarians" and isolated by the conservative Protestant leadership. By 1825 the free thinkers formed the American Unitarian Association and the beliefs spread westward with the new nation. In 1961 this group merged with the Universalist denomination to form the present Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) which is headquartered in Boston.

UUs do not hold to a formal creed. They come from a wide variety of spiritual paths and are attracted by liberal values and freedom from doctrine. Most feel strongly that it is essential to live our beliefs, not just talk them, and activism on social justice issues is an important part of our lives. Since 1825, UUs have been in the forefront in the battles against slavery, for women's right to vote, for prison and justice reform, for peace and human rights, for economic justice and many, many others. These beliefs are embodied in our only written doctrine, called the Seven Principles:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equality 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.

Who We Are in Yellow Springs:

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs (UUFYS) sums up its beliefs as: "Love is the spirit of this Fellowship and Service is its Law. To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in Love and to help one another. This is our Covenant."

The UUFYS welcomes and celebrates diversity. Individuals of all races, ethnic origins, religious philosophies and gender/sexual orientations are included and supported.

The UUFYS was organized in 1956, is chartered with the national Unitarian Universalist Association, and is a part of the Heartland District of the UUA. We are called a "fellowship" rather than a "church" because we do not have a paid minister but are lay-led, with governance by an elected Executive Board. All programs and activities are planned and led by volunteers, with an occasional visiting minister for Sunday services.

Members are encouraged to present Sunday programs on a topic they choose. Services regularly feature a social justice topic of interest to the public, i.e., prison reform, environment, domestic violence, etc. Sunday morning programs are offered year-round from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by coffee hour. On the first Sunday of each month, there is also a potluck brunch or dinner.

Liberal religious education for children and baby/toddler care are provided during Sunday morning programs. Religious or spiritual exploration for adults is offered through small groups led by volunteers; some meet Sunday mornings before services, others differ evenings of the month.

The Fellowship can perform marriage or union ceremonies and provides simple burial or cremation arrangements for members of the Memorial Society.

The UUFYS Meetinghouse is located three miles south of Yellow Springs at 2884 US Route 68 in Goes Station. The Meetinghouse in handicap accessible.

Submit questions through our Contact Us page to find out more information about UUFYS and our activities.

Learn more about UU history, famous UUs throughout history, and current UU thought and concerns in the UU World magazine.

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