Who We Are

BUF Mission

We the members of the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF) are a liberal religious community which values the diversity of individuals and affirms Unitarian Universalist principles. As a community we aspire to provide a creative and nurturing environment where social, spiritual and personal development are encouraged and acknowledged. Therefore, we celebrate in ritual, music, art literature and humor; and we endeavor to teach, to learn, and to serve both our community and the world.

Our Covenant

Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and service gives it life.
Celebrating our diversity, and joined by a quest for truth,
We work for peace and honor all creation. This is our covenant.

Our Principles 
(in the form of a covenant that we share among all UU congregations)
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition we share draws from many sources:
  1. 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;
  2. Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  3. Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  4. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  5. Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  6. Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Healthy Relationship

In May 2012, we adopted a Covenant of Healthy Relationship to affirm our belief in how we should treat each other.  This covenant is the basis for conflict resolutions and behavior standards.  We strive for a safe, friendly and open community.

LGBTQ Welcoming

BUF is a certified UUA Welcoming Congregation. This designation indicates that our congregation has undergone an intentional, thorough process of self-evaluation and education to ensure that we are welcoming to and inclusive of persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer. We welcome your feedback on how we’re fulfilling a key aspect of our covenant: namely, celebrating diversity.

Green Sanctuary

BUF is also a certified UUA Green Sanctuary Congregation. We work within our congregation and with community groups in Bellingham and Whatcom County to establish a just, sustainable and Earth-conscious community. We encourage personal lifestyle changes, strengthening connections between spiritual practice and Earth consciousness and working to heal environmental injustices.  We began our program in 2006 and were awarded accreditation in May 2009.

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Header handshake photo by Dan Witter