"Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture spirits and change lives. We strive to welcome deeply people of all ages and classes, sexual orientations, gender identities/expressions, races/ethnicities, and abilities. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of deciding that these are the people you want to grow with. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices – in fact, we celebrate the religious or philosophical identity you bring.
"The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.
"Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic. Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.
"Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion."
Greater UU World
Each of the 1,041 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas are democratic in polity and operation; they govern themselves. They unite in the UUA to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves.
Each congregation is associated with one of the UUA’s four Regions. BUF is a member of the Pacific Western Region (PWF), which includes four Districts, including our Pacific Northwest District (PNWD).
Annually, General Assemblies for the UUA as a whole, and for each Region, are held to worship together, connect with fellow UU's, learn best practices, and democratically decide on policies for the association.