Little Einstein Montessori School, 1110 SE Evergreen Street, Bentonville, AR (SE of the corner of J Street and 14th (Hwy. 102).
Who are We?
We are a fellowship seeking knowledge, expressing love, providing service, and building community. Our purpose is to be a vibrant, spiritual community where adults and children can grow free of dogma and guided by love, reason and conscience. We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation for the people of Northwest Arkansas. We support rational spirituality, whether theistic or non-theistic.
Perhaps you are a Unitarian-Universalist (UU) looking for other UUs. Or maybe you are interested in "progressive religion," meaning religion not controlled by any particular dogma, and you would like to get to know others who share your interest. Or you may not like the word "religion" at all, but are interested in spirituality or in exploring the ultimate meanings and concerns of life. Unitarian-Universalism includes all of these perspectives. UU is place where you can fully express your spiritual questions, beliefs and doubts in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance.
Benton County, AR, is a religiously conservative area. It can be hard for UUs and others of a similar outlook to feel spiritually at home here. Unitarian-Universalists of Benton County (UUBC) has begun to remedy that. We have weekly Sunday morning meetings, and monthly Saturday evening social events. We had our first meeting on January 25, 2009 with 24 in attendance, and we have generally had growing attendance since then.
You don't have to join the UU denomination to be a part of this group. You only need an interest in being with other spiritually liberal persons, and a willingness to respect others' points of view.
What is Unitarian-Universalism?
UU is a rational religious denomination tied to no one particular religion. It evolved from traditional protestant Christianity beginning about 200 years ago. UU looks to all the world's religions, sciences and philosophies as sources of spiritual wisdom. You don't have to renounce any religion to be a Unitarian-Universalist. There are UU Christians, UU Buddhists, UU Jews, and UU Humanists, for example. UU is a denomination for those who are ready to go beyond (without necessarily rejecting) the dogmas of any religion; for those who are ready to find their own version of spiritual enlightenment. UU provides resources, and a community, to foster your own spiritual development. Visit the UU of Benton Co. website at www.uuofbc.com
The Seven Principles of UU There are seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations 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.
What are UUBC meetings like? The program will usually consume 40-45 minutes. Coffee and social time begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program beings at 11:00 a.m.
1st Sunday of a month is Homily Sunday: includes a traditional message and format. 2nd Sunday of a month is Group Discussion Sunday: small groups, various topics. 3rd Sunday of a month is Topic Forum Sunday: includes a presentation,various topics. 4th Sunday of a month is UU Learn: quarterly adult education program. 5th Sunday of a month is Social Sunday: potluck and inter-generational social activity. We offer Sunday school for ages potty-trained to 15 years.
We are rational and intellectually inquisitive, but not at all stuffy. We warmly welcome newcomers.
For lots more information about us, and about UU generally, go to www.uubcar.com.