The Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (EUUF) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas was formed in the early 1980’s. It developed from a small group of individuals looking for a religious community in which searching and questioning were valued. It has since grown to be a beacon for liberal free-thinkers coming together from a variety of religious backgrounds to explore religion and spiritual growth without regard to creed, race, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Whoever you are, whatever you believe, whatever your skin color, whomever you love, whatever your gifts and abilities, we welcome you at our fellowship.
Our Faith’s Principles
We, as a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity 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.The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
Our faith is one with no religious creed or dogma. We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion. We believe that religious authority lies not in a book, person, or institution, but in ourselves.
Historically, Unitarian Universalism came from the merger of two liberal, free-thinking Christian denominations–the Unitarians, who rejected the doctrine of the trinity, and the Universalists, who rejected the idea of eternal damnation. Their emphasis on tolerance and liberal social views led to a merger in 1961, forming the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Unitarian Universalism has evolved into an inclusive, diverse faith drawing from many sources, not just from the Judeo-Christian tradition, but from all the world’s religions, as well as humanism, philosophy, and even science. UU congregations are democratically structured and promote the free and disciplined search for truth without the restriction of doctrinal conformity.
About Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalism is a religion characterized by support for a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning”. Unitarian Universalists do not share a creed; rather, they are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth and by the understanding that an individual’s theology is a result of that search and not obedience to an authoritarian requirement. Unitarian Universalists draw on many different theological sources and have a wide range of beliefs and practices.
Historically, both Unitarianism and Universalism have roots in the Christian faith. Contemporary Unitarian Universalists espouse a pluralist approach to religion, whereby the followers may be atheist, deist, theist, polytheist, pantheist, or have no label at all.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was formed in 1961, a consolidation of the American Unitarian Association, established in 1825, and the Universalist Church of America, established in 1866. It is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and serves churches mostly in the United States. The Canadian Unitarian Council became an independent body in 2002.