Welcome to the UUCBV Digital Home!
Welcome, and thank you for visiting the virtual home of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley in College Station, Texas! We’re a progressive, liberal congregation that has called the Brazos Valley home since 1956.
"With open hearts, open arms and open minds, We seek to make meaning, make connections and make a difference."
A Welcoming Congregation
We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means we affirm and include people of all backgrounds and walks of life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people and respecting them wherever they are on life's Journey.
Unitarian Universalist Beliefs
Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a liberal religion characterized by a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning". Unitarian Universalists assert no creed, but instead are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth. As such, their congregations include many atheists, agnostics, and theists within their membership. Congregations and members seek inspiration and derive insight from all major world religions.
From the historical affirmation of the unity of God (Unitarian) to the universal salvation of all souls (Universalists), Unitarian Universalist beliefs have expanded to the broader concept of a unity in diversity which affirms the supreme worth of all persons, held together through love and a spark of divinity that resides in us all. Bound neither by creed nor dogma, our community honors and celebrates the right of individual thought, joins in shared concerns, and respects the ever-present need to deepen our understanding of the awe and wonder of life.
Unlike many denominations, Unitarian Universalist (UU) churches have a long history as a creedless church. What holds our church together is not a creed, but a covenant. Unlike a creedal statement that lists a set of beliefs, a covenant lists the set of promises of how we freely agree to be together in a welcoming and loving community.
The beliefs of individual Unitarian Universalists range widely, including atheism, agnosticism, pantheism, deism, Judaism, Islam, neopaganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Humanism, Christianity and many more.
A Brief Unitarian Universalist History
Unitarianism goes back several centuries to origins in 1658 Transylvania, along with England and Poland, and Unitarians trace their roots in the United States to early Massachusetts settlers and the founders of the republic.
Universalism originated in 1793, largely through the efforts of John Murray and Hosea Ballou. Their prominent principle was the belief in universal salvation and a rejection of hell as a destiny for human spirits. Even in their earliest days, Universalists were openly associated with women's rights, the integration of freedom into American society, fair labor arrangements, temperance, non-sectarian education, the humane treatment of children and animals, and penal and political reform.
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was formed in 1961 through the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association, established in 1825, and the Universalist Church of America, established in 1793. The UUA is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and serves churches mostly in the United States.
UUCBV has its roots in Texas A&M’s Department of Oceanography and Meteorology. As Unitarians, Billy and Betty Thomas and Richard and Georgine Tarble, presented their idea of forming a Unitarian fellowship to other members of the department. In 1956, the Unitarian Fellowship of College Station was formally organized as the 200th fellowship of the American Unitarian Association, originally meeting at the campus YMCA, or in each other's homes. In 1964 the group was officially incorporated by the State of Texas after having recently moved into a church property built in 1956 located at 305 Old Highway 6, now known as Wellborn Road. Our congregation has been involved in the local community for many decades, including the time we sponsored and helped found our community's first desegregated nursery school and kindergarten.