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Our Mission

To provide a forum for liberal religious expression in an atmosphere which encourages spiritual growth and ethical living.

Our Members and Friends

We call ourselves "the little church that could"! Leadership is widespread in our congregation. We love to talk with each other and have fun together. UUCAS consists of members and friends who live locally and some who travel as much as 60 miles.

We are a Welcoming Congregation. A Welcoming Congregation affirms the presence and participation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and/or Transgendered (GLBT) people. To become a Welcoming Congregation, we attended a series of workshops exploring our attitudes, prejudices, and ignorance about GLBT people. The Unitarian Universalist Association recognized UUCAS as a Welcoming Congregation in 2007.

Why We Joined UUCAS?

I was raised a Christian, and I believe if Jesus was alive today he would be a Unitarian Univeralist. UUs try to treat everyone with respect and unconditional love. UUs respect world religions and each one's Source of the universe, and UUs believe that all of life is sacred and interconnected. I have finally found the church I've been looking for my whole adult life. - Jack Harkins

Unitarian Universalism accepts the fact that there are many different, equally valid, paths to truth and meaning. Unitarian Universalism embraces these different approaches, honors the differences, and in so doing discovers new meaning and purpose in life. Informed by these discoveries, we work together, in community, to find ways to combine our talents and resources to to effect a positive change in the world - Mike Sarno

For me, Unitarian Universalism is a religion of celebration where one gives and receives encouragement, support, challenges and nourishment toward discovering a clearer way of living for the common good. Maggie Sheffler

Our History

In 1808 Rev. Moses Park, after being converted by Noah Murray, brought new thoughts to a congregation in Sheshequin. He preached about the universal salvation of the human race. The congregation approved of the new preaching and became Universalist.

In 1827, the congregation of the historic Sheshequin Universalist Church dedicated their building, which still stands almost unchanged as the oldest plank and siding church in this area of Pennsylvania. This was the first of what would be at least ten Universalist Churches in existence in Bradford County before 1851. Set in the midst of farmland, it is on the east side of the Susquehanna River, 6.2 miles south of the Athens Bridge and 2 miles north of the Ulster Bridge. (UUCAS uses the Sheshequin building for worship services in July and August.)

The Athens Universalist Church, built circa 1850 was sold in 1949 to another denomination. Athens members then joined the still existing Sheshequin Church.

The national merger of Unitarianism and Universalism in 1961 combined the Universalist emphasis on the doctrine of the love and goodness of God, with the Unitarian emphasis on reason and rationality in religion.

The Sheshequin Universalist Church reacquired the Athens building in 1991. In 1992 the congregaion, in recognition of the importance of their two locations and the significance of the merger of two traditions voted to adopt the name the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin.

Today Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Judeo-Christian roots. It has no creed, instead it advocates freedom of belief and the affirmation of the worth and dignity of all human beings.

UUCAS offers a warm and welcoming community for all people who practice ethical living as the supreme witness of religion.

UUCAS celebrated two centuries of religious freedom and universal love in 2008.

We come from a variety of religious backgrounds including:

Earth Centered, Religious Humanist, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, Jewish, Christian, Post Christian.

We are respectful of each others' paths. We seek spiritual growth, inspiration, and community in worship.

We examine our values and apply them to our lives.

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