About First UU
Welcome to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio (First UU) – home to liberal religion in San Antonio since 1945.
What Makes First UU of San Antonio Different?
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. We come from different backgrounds, points of view, and starting points along our journey for spiritual growth. As Unitarian Universalists, we assert no creed, but instead are unified by our shared search for personal wholeness, guided by a dynamic, living tradition.
Rev. Mark Skrabacz, current minister of First UU, said it best in a 2008 sermon when he described Unitarian Universalism as having a very unique approach to religion:
“It’s a fact that we do not believe that any religious precept or doctrine must be accepted as true simply because some religious organization, tradition or authority says it is. Neither do we believe that all UUs should have identical beliefs. The fact is, UUs have different beliefs. Individual freedom of belief is one of our basic principles, so it follows that there will be differing beliefs among us. Found in today’s churches are humanism, agnosticism, atheism, theism, liberal Christianity, and earth centered spirituality, to name a few. Interestingly, these beliefs are not mutually exclusive. It’s possible to hold more than one. While we are bound by a set of common principles, we leave it to the individual to decide what particular beliefs lead to these principles.”
Rev. Mark further explains that what keeps participants interested, curious, and coming to church is the community, fellowship, and each other. That’s a description of our covenant, which is based on the commitments and promises that we voluntarily make to each other. For UUs, it’s our covenantal relationship, not creeds, that binds us together.
We believe in the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and that everyone has something to teach and something to learn. And we believe that compassionate teaching and learning is best done in a committed, loving community.
We are free thinkers who support one another and we will support you if you decide to join us. In our faith of diverse beliefs, it is our shared values that guide us. Read our history to see how we have supported each other over the decades.
As we say often, love is the doctrine of this church and service is our prayer. Come and join us to make First UU and San Antonio a better place to worship and live.