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What Do UU’s Believe and Why Are They Best Known for What They Don’t Believe?

By Jon Sievert

Current Unitarian Universalist president Arlene Van Note asks and answers the questions, “What Do UU’s Believe?” and “Why Are They Best Known for What They Don’t Believe?” at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting.

UU Service
By Arlene Van Note
Sun, Aug 30, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Many impressions abound about UU views. Some are patently false. Some are simply misunderstandings. Then there are beliefs we tend to express in the negative, for example: “We don’t believe that everyone has to believe exactly the same thing or else end up in eternal damnation.” Stated positively, that would assert “we believe that each of us has the right to be the authority over our own beliefs.”

The Unitarian Universalist liberal religious denomination was originally based on Christian and Jewish tenets. Along with the fundamental doctrine, certain characteristics have always marked those who embrace Unitarian Universalism: a large degree of tolerance, a historical study of scripture, a minimizing of essentials, and a repugnance to formulated creed. It has evolved into a broad-based acceptance of ideas, experiences, and beliefs from a wide cultural base, but with a deep-seated unity of principles and ideals.

Special music for the service will be provided by guitarist/vocalist Yoremem Jacobi.

Arlene Van Note spent many years searching for just the right religious community, testing out a number of denominations. She jokes that she has been baptized into sufficient “isms” to ensure a welcome if and wherever the pearly gates might be found. She joined the Unitarian Universalist church in Spokane, Washington, in 1989 and found a religious community and beliefs that resonated in her heart. She currently serves as president of the UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende. Her administrative history includes non-profit entities, working in both mega and small commercial environments, and her own graphic arts/typography studio for 15 years.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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