Our Mission

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland is a open, liberally religious, welcoming congregation offering fellowship, an opportunity for free expression of ideas and spiritual growth. As such we strive to support one another, explore moral assumptions, promote social action and celebrate the interdependent web of of life. 


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland (Formerly the First Unitarian Society of Rockland County) founded in 1956, is an independent religious organization affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. We are the denomination's only congregation in Rockland County. Our belief is in a religion without dogma, which allows the individual to develop a faith and values meaningful to his or her own life.

Unitarian Universalists focus their attention on human existence in the natural world and universe. Our concerns include spiritual, intellectual and ethical values as applied to the social and life issues of today.


 The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism

  • 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.


Current Events

Spring Equinox

Fire Ceremony

March 17, 2018, 7 – 9 P.M.


Let's celebrate the Vernal Equinox-- and the end of winter-- with a fire ceremony! 

Releasing the stale energies of winter and "seeding" our intentions for the new season, we'll enjoy time together with the transformational element of Fire. All are welcome! Please bring a drum or rattle if you have one, along with a vision for what good things you'd like to grow in your life. If you have trouble standing, please bring a folding chair.

We will also say a special blessing in honor of St. Patrick's Day, to honor immigrants, our ancestors, and all those who have left one home to put down roots in another.                                                     Jane Cowan

Are You UU Curious?

Rev. Dawn and members of the congregation will be offering an introduction to Unitarian Universalism, UUCR, and the meaning of membership on Saturday, March 31, from 9 to 1. The gathering is called “UU Curious?”

Newcomers and new members will come together with some more seasoned congregational leaders to share their spiritual journeys in an informal meeting with good conversation and some tasty refreshments. 

We will talk about our theological diversity, and each person will be invited to share their religious perspective. We’ll also go over some details about how the congregation works, and how UUCR relates to our larger denomination.

This UU Curious? session will also cover the rights and responsibilities of membership. Membership is open to anyone who accepts our principles and signs the membership book. The membership book will be available for anyone who wants to join UUCR.



Each year, the UUA suggests books which we can all read and discuss. The books for 2017-18 are “Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry” by Mitra Rahnema and “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want” by Frances Moor Lappé and Adam Eichen. Consider adding them to your “to read” list.


Helping Hands News

As many of you know by now, the Helping Hands format has changed.  The guests will no longer be staying at the various houses of worship, but be housed in Bldg. D at the Health complex in Pomona at the Warming Center.   This is beneficial to the clients, as they will not have to go from place to place all winter.

We will continue to be active with the HH organization.  We are asked to work at Bldg. D from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. during our assigned evenings. We will be serving food and assisting in the clean-up, but especially in interacting with the guests.  This is a new and exciting role for all involved.

To work at the county facility, all volunteers must be 'vetted'.  Many of you have already filled out the paperwork.  Anyone else wishing to volunteer, obtain paperwork from me, and I will get it to the proper channels.