Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion characterized by our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Thus it is not a religion that tells you what to believe, how to behave, or what God is, but rather strives to encourage its members to answer these questions in their own unique ways. Some say that we are a reformed church that never stopped reforming.
Our purpose is to provide a welcoming spiritual environment for collective and individual search for truth and meaning according to a living tradition of Unitarian Universalism.
We are supported by resources from the Unitarian Universalist Association, European Unitarian Universalists, and the Church of the Larger Fellowship as well as many individual churches and leaders around the world.
In Switzerland, there are UU groups in Geneva and Basel. In Bern, we are not (at this point) forming another congregation, but rather have created a Chalice Circle, that is a small group of individuals who gather once per month. Usually one person sets a theme, chooses an opening and a closing reading, and hosts the meeting. The others are invited to bring questions, songs, thoughts, objects, reading, images, or anything else to create a collective spiritual space. The service is a mix of discussion, silence, listening, and reflection in an improvisational format. No one is required to do anything besides respect the other members but everyone is invited to contribute to and help shape the service. Up until now, we have held all of our services in English, but multilingualism is welcome. We are currently working our way through the UU principles, below, to create a foundation of a shared understanding.
The Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association
the member congregations covenant to affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Does this sound interesting to you? Please join one of our upcoming events.
Currently we are meeting at the Haus Der Religionen at Europaplaz 1, 3008 Bern. There is a train and tram station right in in front of the building, “Bern Europaplatz”. We are most likely meeting at the Church: when you enter the building, go straight back and up the stairs. Sometimes we might meet in some of the common rooms or in the restaurant/cafe.
When the weather is nice, we like to meet outside. One of our favorite places is the Friedbühlanlage park/cemetery.
Email to ask any questions, let us know that you will join us, or join our mailing list. We are a small group, so sometimes we do make last minute changes, so it is wise to check in!