As of January 24th, 2021, Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has adopted a new mission statement. It has been a year-long process of thinking about, talking about, and engaging in spiritual practices about who we currently are, what is ours to do in the world, and where we’re headed together.
In this process we strove to clarify:
Who we are as a congregation (our Core Values and Bedrock Beliefs)
Where we’re headed as a congregation (our Motivating Vision)
What is ours to do in the world (our Mission Statement)
Where we're headed as a congregation:
Evergreen is a welcoming, inclusive, supportive congregation that is known in the wider community for actively promoting our values, including social justice, and for providing a safe environment to explore personal and spiritual growth.
Our Core Values & Bedrock Beliefs
Who we are as a congregation:
Positive Core Values
Compassion, kindness, respect, appreciation, gratitude, love
Integrity, transparent communication, commitment, courageous presence, honesty, intentionality
Justice, equity, courageous presence, fairness, solidarity
Community, interdependence, courageous presence, financial stewardship, solidarity, tolerance of differences
Learning, creativity, curiosity
Environmental awareness, interdependence, courage
Negative Core Values
Confusion, lack of transparency, hiding the truth, loneliness, dishonesty, triangulation
Getting stuck, intolerance, unwillingness to evolve, intransigence, entrenchment, indifference, righteousness, individuality to the extreme, obstruction, fear of change, lack of inclusiveness
Fear & anger, contempt, passive aggressive, avoidance, righteousness, controlling, condemnation, fear of change, belittling, resentment
Mistrust, gossip, triangulation, back-biting, loneliness, hiding the truth, leaving, mistrust of structure
Our Bedrock Beliefs - Like all Unitarian Universalists, we have covenanted to affirm and promote our Seven Principles and we draw from our Six Sources of inspiration and spiritual growth. But the beliefs to which we at Evergreen turn in times of uncertainty and crisis are:
The Evergreen community began in 1955, originally meeting in people’s homes and then in our own church building in Everett, Washington where we were known as the Everett UU Fellowship. The services were primarily lay-led until 1985 when we called our first settled minister.
In 1990 we purchased the old Methodist church on 4th Street in Marysville, due to outgrowing the Everett location. Also, we changed our name to Evergreen UU Fellowship. Here we have flourished and continue our heritage of growing our faith and serving our world.
As a Unitarian Universalist congregation we are free to make our own decisions and determine our own direction as a community. Our Fellowship, like the UUA, is democratically governed. We are supported completely by the generous donations of our members and friends.
In September 2015, we celebrated our 60th Anniversary. Click here to read some stories from our past.
We join together to create a caring community whose members listen respectfully, value kindness, and speak honestly and compassionately.
We join together to create a community enriched by a variety of spiritual and worship experiences and enlivened by a range of philosophical, political, and religious perspectives.
We covenant to sustain an open forum for the examination of ideas and the pursuit of truth without the limitations of creeds.
We commit to lifelong learning and offer a diversity of educational opportunities to people of all ages.
We value our children and integrate them into the life of the Fellowship, encouraging them to develop their own belief systems and values in the context of the Unitarian Universalist Principles.
We celebrate newcomers, who constantly renew our religious community. We welcome people of all races, ages, incomes, abilities, and sexual orientations. Our intention is to share our Fellowship with all those who may benefit from it.
We pledge to maintain our Fellowship as a safe place to express our joys and sorrows, laughter and tears.
We commit to speak out against injustice. We seek wisdom and courage to act on our convictions both as individuals and as a Fellowship.
We honor and deeply appreciate the people who created this spiritual home, and we promise to sustain it and uphold our living tradition