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

  • Service: Sun 10th November 10.45am ONLY 'Remembrance Sunday' More events
  • Lunchtime Opening: Weds 13th November 11.30am-1pm More events
  • Service: Sun 17th November 11am ONLY 'RoadPeace Service' More events
  • Alternative Gathering: Sun 17th November 5pm 'The Question Jar Strikes Back' More events
  • Lunchtime Opening: Weds 20th November 11.30am-1pm More events
  • Lunchtime Silent Meditation: Fri 22nd November 12noon for 12.10pm prompt (30 mins) More events
  • Services: Sun 24th November 11am World Religions Service 6.30pm: Humanistic Mindful Meditative Service' More events
  • Music Together (Concert): Weds 27th November 7.30pm for 7.45pm 'Classic Steel' More events
  • Women's League (all welcome!): Mon 2nd December 11am for 11.30am 'Shared Christmas lunch with entertainment' More events
  • Upper Chapel Strollers: Sat 7th December Christmas Meal, Whitley Hall Hotel, Grenoside More events