Our Mission Statement
We are a welcoming, supportive, and inquisitive spiritual community, actively living our liberal values – transforming lives as we reach out in love, celebrate diversity, and advance justice.
Our Congregational Convenant
As members of the congregation of Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton, we have associated ourselves together, not as agreeing in opinion, not as having attained universal truth in belief or perfection of character, but as seekers of Truth and Goodness. We, therefore, covenant to be a welcoming and inclusive community in which we shall:
Foster spiritual growth;
Create safe emotional space for children and adults;
Share and seek opinions openly and respectfully, especially when we disagree;
Respect and adhere to the democratic process and our procedures for decision making and communication;
Communicate grievances only through appropriate channels established by the Board;
Share our resources of time, talent, and treasure generously as we build and strengthen our congregation as a force for good.
We promise to strive, alone and together, to practice the principles of Unitarian Universalism in our lives, in our congregation, and in our world.
Sources of Our Living Tradition
Unitarian Universalist congregations live out the 7 Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. These are the six sources our congregations affirm and promote:
Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Welcoming to All
Unitarian Universalism has made a commitment to opening its doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. First launched in 1990, the Welcoming Congregation program grew out of an understanding that widespread prejudices and ignorance about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people existed within Unitarian Universalism, which resulted in the exclusion of LGBTQ people from our congregations.
Today, 66% of U.S. Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and 94% of Canadian UU congregations are recognized as Welcoming Congregations. The program is supported by LGBTQ Ministries. CUUB is proud to be a welcoming congregation.
In 2016, CUUB became a recognized Green Sanctuary Congregation, a program developed through the Unitarian Universalist Association. This accreditation was granted after a three year process of congregational study, reflection, assessment and action in response to environmentally-related issues.
As Unitarian Universalists, we strive in our daily lives to make decisions which reflect the values described in our seventh principle "Respect for the interdependent web of all existenceof which we are a part". Our ongoing participation in the Green Sanctuary program provides us with a path to continue to reflect and live our lives in manners that support and honor this principle.
Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton, affectionately called CUUB, was founded in 1998 in the homes of a few people who wanted a safe place to explore their beliefs with their children. They gathered and grew, and realized that they wanted to create something permanent for other residents of Livingston County. CUUB services were held on Sunday mornings in rented space in the Brighton Education and Community Center for years, until CUUB purchased our current home, located at 3333 S. Old US 23 in Brighton, in the spring of 2012.
CUUB filled a great need — for liberal religious tolerance, understanding, and growth — in Livingston County, and continues to do so today. Chartered in 2000, we are a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, an association of over 1,000 churches in the U.S. and Canada. Since that time, our growth has been steady. We are a caring community of over 95 members and more than 30 children.
We have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put our faith into action.
Our justice efforts are grounded in our congregationally-driven social justice statements and our call to break down divisions, heal isolation, and honor the interconnectedness of all life and all justice issues. We model these commitments by creating just, welcoming, and inclusive congregations. We act in partnership with groups and communities most impacted by injustice on local, state, national, and international levels.
Our justice ministries focus on key priorities for our congregations and communities:
Our ministry includes service, education, advocacy, and public witness (the spiritual practice of taking a public position in support of justice). Our Side with Love campaign harnesses the power of love to end oppression. Our UU College of Social Justice provides experiential learning opportunities to deepen the work of justice for people of all ages. Our work is led by our denominational staff, congregational leaders, and a wide variety of coalition partners and UU groups focused on justice and identity.
Meet The Staff
"Once upon a time, interim ministers were seen as placeholders, clergy sent in to hold the fort while the search committee did its work. Along with this came the assumption that the interim year was static - no forward motion, and perhaps a decline in membership and stewardship.
Happily, that view has given way to one far more dynamic. We now understand the interim time to be ripe with potential, an opening to new ways of being and doing church. A trained interim helps create a safe space for a congregation to discover its strengths, examine and perhaps alter its practices, and imagine new possibilities."
Rev. Sue was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1985, after receiving her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and has served congregations in many parts of North America. She’s a graduate of the University of Michigan, and also holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a D.Min. from Episcopal Divinity School. She is an Accredited Interim Minister, and received training for the Targeted Ministry program after retiring from full-time ministry in 2018. Her first ministry post-retirement was a two-month Sabbatical Ministry for the UU Fellowship of Fairbanks, AK.
You can check out Rev. Suzanne's website by clicking here.
Interim Coordinator of Spiritual Exploration
Originally from Melbourne, Australia we moved to Brighton Michigan in 2012. My husband and I have two children. I have a Masters in Environmental Science. While doing my thesis I worked at the university lecturing and demonstrating undergraduates. Before leaving Australia, I worked at a city water authority where I predominantly focused on wastewater recycling and desalination.
Since moving to Brighton I have been a stay at home Mom, raising my 2 children. In my personal time, I love being with family and friends, being outdoors, camping, playing games and travelling.
Our family started at CUUB in 2016. I was excited to be part of a community that cultivates spiritual growth. I love how CUUB fosters an open environment which encourages inclusive and flexible thinking.
I am passionate about being involved in children's lives. I have been involved with the SE committee and the SE chair, I am my daughter’s girls scout leader and I volunteer at my children’s school as much as I can. I want to help teach kids to question and inspire them to realize and utilize their own voices in a safe and loving environment. By doing this we can raise children that can help to make this world a better place for future generations. I look forward to being part of all the CUUB families.
Jeanne is our office administrator and bookkeeper.
Pianist Ji-Hyang Gwak has established herself as performing solo artist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, with appearances across the United States, in Czech, England, Germany, Spain, Japan, and Korea.
CUUB facilities are available for member and community use. We have many rooms available for different sized meetings and events. Rental fees are dependent on rooms / dates needed, type of event and membership status.
Please send your requests for your meeting or event to firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to fill out the form.
Anyone who is interested in serving on one of these teams or volunteering for any of the activities, please contact the team with your name and contact information, and the chairperson will contact you.
Small Group Ministries
Small Group Ministries meet regularly to enrich the social lives of our congregants. Small group ministries include:
A Course in Miracles, Contact Karen Sanderson
Art Class, Contact Katie Fox
Drum Circle, Contact Bob Duman
Men’s Group, Contact Hank Firek
Pottery Studio, Contact Julie Bonhorst
Sewing Group, Contact Karen Sanderson
Women’s Group, Contact Dianne Morgan
In addition, be on the look out for classes, workshop, talks, seminars, and social events that frequently happen at CUUB.