We are an intentionally diverse community. We welcome people regardless of their race, class, age, gender, religious background, or sexual orientation. We are a Welcoming Congregation and have chosen to take a very public stand on this issue.
In matters of theology, we believe, in the words of one sage, that “we do not have to think alike to love alike.” The history of our faith is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Yet, you will find among us Buddhists and pantheists, pagans and liberal Christians, theists and humanists, and any combination or variation of the above.
We are united by many common beliefs, values and principles, despite our theological diversity. Among our shared beliefs, to name just a few, are:
- a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being;
- the importance of freedom, reason, and tolerance in matters of religion;
- the idea that no one religion or philosophy has a monopoly on the truth, but that all have something to teach us;
- a strong commitment to social justice and to the importance of translating our faith into positive action in the world; and
- a respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we form a part.
As a congregation and in our services, we strive to balance our commitment to personal spiritual growth and deepening with our commitment to social justice and engagement — in other words, to balance the needs of the heart with the work of the hands.
Our roots in the Macon community go back to 1948. For years, even decades, we were the only home for liberal religion in the Macon area. For years, we were the only church in Middle Georgia that welcomed gays and lesbians into our community. Fortunately, we now have a few other churches engaged in these missions with us. Still, we pride ourselves on our social activism and commitment to community involvement. The High Street Congregation has taken a leading role in a number of environmental and social justice causes. Social justice activities are a central part of our church program.
With recent increases in membership, we now number some 115 official members plus a couple dozen committed “friends.” This recent growth has stressed some of our resources, but provides us with significant opportunities as well. We see ourselves as expanding and growing in many different ways. We believe in the power of shared ministry. We are eager to accept whatever talents new members and friends can bring to our shared endeavor.
Please take a look at our Mission and Vision Statements and the rest of our Web page to get a better sense of our church community and its beliefs and goals. Also, check out the UUA web page to learn more about the history of our faith and our denomination. We hope you will visit and that you will find a spiritual home among us.