Our Values

What is Unitarian Universalism?

This short video may answer some of your questions about our faith and beliefs.  If you want to know more, join us at a worship service to chat with our Minister or any member of our beloved community.

“We Are Unitarian Universalists”

Copyright Unitarian Universalist Association

Our Values

Our Covenant

Our congregation is bound together not by a creed but by a covenant, a set of promises we make about how we will live and grow togheter.

This covenant represents the promises we make to ourselves about how we will nurture and support each other within this beloved community. These promises cultivate an environment of compassion, courage, and empathy.

Our commitment to one another ensures that our community will be a safe and inspirational place in which we, as individuals and groups, can live out our spiritual journeys.

To this end, we, the people of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, adopt the following Congregational Covenant.

We will be mindful of how we communicate with and about others.

We will seek a respectful and constructive resolution when conflicts arise.

We will enrich our own lives by celebrating the diversity within our community.

We will build our beloved community

Our Values

Our Eight Principles

Our core principles bind us together ……………………

First Principle

The inherent worth and dignity of every person

Second Principle

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

Third Principle

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation

Fourth Principle

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

Fifth Principle

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

Sixth Principle

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for al

Seventh Principle

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Proposed Eighth Principle

Adopted by the UUCOD Congregation on May 15, 2022.

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

Read more about our efforts to adopt the 8th Principle at UUCOD

Who We Are

Our History

Our church took root in the Coachella Valley in 1959 when two dozen people met in response to an advertisement placed by the American Unitarian Association to encourage the formation of new Fellowships across the country. The ad appeared in the Desert Sun on October 7th asking the provocative question: “Are you a Unitarian without knowing it?”  Sixty-two years later, we still invite visitors to join us at Sunday Service to pose the same question to themselves.

The congregation wandered the desert for 45 years, meeting in homes, schools, motels, senior citizen centers and other churches. At the dawn of the new millennium in anticipation of having our permanent home, we changed our designation from a Fellowship to a full-fledged Church. Our long-held dream was finally realized on Easter Sunday in 2005 when the congregation moved in to its new sanctuary in Rancho Mirage.

UUCOD celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009. Throughout our history, we have been led at various times by lay leaders as well as retired, visiting, contract and interim ministers. After the sudden death of our Settled Minister in 2016 we entered into our current transition period. As members and friends of this church, we now seek to strengthen and grow that strong sense of community that we all desire.

Church Construction

We’re building our community through social justice projects  and through our church events organized by social groups  and church communities and by strengthening our governance and the ways that we communicate and work with one another. We are excited about our future and look forward to welcoming new members and friends who want to grow spiritually and help write the next chapter in our history.