Formed in 1958, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens seeks to be a active proponent of liberal religious values in southeastern Ohio.
The seven principles of Unitarian Universalism are important to all UU congregations. But each lives those principles out in its own way and with its own particular emphases. At UUFA, we have identified three basic ideas, or “pillars,” as central to our identity as a faith community: religious pluralism, inclusive community, and sustainable living.
Religious pluralism is a commitment to value and affirm all religions as equally valid traditions of wisdom and spiritual expression, and to support each individual in pursuing their unique spiritual path or experience of connection with something larger than the self. We believe there is one light and many paths to it, and we value open, honest, and caring dialogue among the various paths.
Inclusive community means that religion is for everyone. We believe our duty as people of faith is to offer an experience of community that is welcoming to all, of any race or gender or sexual orientation or age or creed or political inclination. And we seek to integrate that diversity into a rich and harmonious community.
Sustainable living means that we understand ourselves as interdependent, with each other and with the community of life on this planet. Therefore, we are called to work for the good of the web of life in which we participate, and to honor each creature’s place in that web as equal in importance to our own. We seek to live in a way that allows all to live well.
These are the principles that guide UUFA’s ministry in its community. These are the yardsticks by which we measure our efforts to live out our faith.
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
by Milton Ploghoft, Lois Whealey & Dru Riley Evarts
The Fellowship Building was designed and engineered by artists, engineers, and craftspeople of the Fellowship. The work of brick sculptor John Spofforth is most recognizable in the distinctive exterior and the columbarium in front of the building. Engineers William Beale and Charles Overby oversaw the building's structure as well as the heating and plumbing systems, and artist Cliff McCarthy was most responsible for the interior design. Front doors by artist Robert Borchard greet members and friends. The building was accomplished mainly by the volunteer labor of members, families and friends. It was not unusual for 20-30 workers of all ages to turn out on weekends. The flooring came from the old Women’s Gym at Ohio University and glass from the Fenton Factory was used in the round windows, recycling resources from the region.
The striking Fellowship Hall has hosted many weddings, memorial services,
and community events, including meetings, theater, and dance. The grounds
also include a Grove for outdoor services, picnics and other activities.
The Hall was home to the Hocking Valley Day School for 30 years.
© 2013 The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens