Who We Are
The Unitarian Church of Montpelier is a liberal religious community that is open to all. We gather on the basis of shared hopes rather than a creed which all must profess. As Unitarian Universalists, we recognize and celebrate that different beliefs and religious traditions are inspired by common hopes, share many common values and goals, and can, separately and together, guide our way to the common good. The spirit of our living tradition is embodied in the seven principles and six sources of Unitarian Universalism. Our mission statement reminds us why we come together and of some of the most important values that we share:
We welcome all
as we build a loving community
to nurture each person’s spiritual journey,
serve human need
and protect the earth, our home.
We are a Welcoming Congregation, celebrating the presence, worth, and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons among us, as well as people of all races and socioeconomic classes. We have pledged, as a congregation, to foster an environment of understanding and respect not only within our own parish, but in the community as a whole. We are also a Green Sanctuary, committed to living mindfully on this Earth.
The Reverend Joan Javier-Duval was called to the Unitarian Church of Montpelier pulpit in 2015. Rev. Joan replaces Steve Edington, who served as our interim minister from 2013-2015.
Whether you are contemplating your first visit to Sunday services, looking for ways to get more involved, or ready to become a member, we hope you will find what you need here, be it a spiritual home, a place for your children to grow through religious exploration, a social hub, a place from which to work for social justice, or simply a place to rest and gather strength for the next step on your journey.
Learn more about who we are by listening to Reflections of Members of Our Congregation as they describe their involvement with the church over the last 75 years – part of the Oral History Project of the 150th Committee.