Unitarianism Explained

Unitarian Upper Chapel founder, Rev James FisherUnitarianism is an open-minded and welcoming approach to faith that encourages individual freedom, equality for all and rational thought. There is no list of things that Unitarians must believe: instead we think everyone has the right to reach their own conclusions.

We see different opinions and lifestyles as valuable and enriching, and don’t discriminate on grounds of gender age, race, religion or sexual orientation. Although Unitarianism has its roots in Jewish and Christian traditions it is open to insights from all faiths, science, the arts, the natural world and everyday living.

Unitarians characteristically:

  • base beliefs on rational enquiry rather than external authority;
  • accept beliefs can change in the light of new understanding and insight;
  • form principles from conscience, thinking and life experiences;
  • hold reverence for the earth and the whole natural system of which we are part.

We welcome anyone with an open mind who shares our tolerant and inclusive views, who embraces the freedom of being in a faith community that doesn’t impose creeds or specific beliefs, and who bases their approach not on dogma but on reason.

Upcoming Events

  • Lunchtime Opening: Weds 2nd October 11.30am-1pm More events
  • Upper Chapel Strollers: Sat 5th October Beauchief Abbey walk: 10.15 am Upper Chapel or 11.00 am at start More events
  • Service: Sun 6th October 11am only 'Harvest Celebration' More events
  • Alternative Gathering: Sun 6th October 5pm 'Title TBA' More events
  • Women's League (all welcome!): Mon 7th October 11am for 11.30am 'Mindful Ageing' talk by John Darwin of Mindfulness Sheffield More events
  • Lunchtime Opening: Weds 9th October 11.30am-1pm More events
  • Games Evening (NEW!): Weds 9th October 7pm More events
  • Lunchtime Silent Meditation: Fri 11th October 12noon for 12.10pm prompt (30 mins) More events
  • Service: Sun 13th October 11am and 6.30pm 'Animal Service' More events