Sault Area Unitarian Universalist Alliance
Ph 231-668-8939

Religious Gatherings & Events 
for free-thinking, reverentially 
spiritual, ethically committed, 
political & cultural progressives 
(Archival Material)
The Quest Community
of Unitarians, Universalists, UUs and other religious liberals from the vicinity, together with like-minded local visitors and out-of-town guests, meets mid-afternoon every Sunday at the I.T.C. Agency.  This building  is located at the far southern terminus of Ashmun [Main] St., near the corner of Three Mile Road, just within the Soo City Limits. Special meetings, social gatherings, ceremonies, supportive programs, and activist planning may be scheduled at other times. The QC core group consists of regular attendees, all of whom are enrolled with UUA's Church of the Larger Fellowship and/or the American Unitarian Conference.
For additional information contact our cleric at
Pick up copy of hymnal upon entering main room.
*Order of Service*
Candle Lighting
All STAND in a circle (Tapers are lit from person to person.  First candle is lit from a flame placed in our midst.  Center candle set on the altar is intended to represent the traditional UU Chalice.) 

Invocation and/or Antiphonal Reading of Statement of Purpose followed by Singing 

Inspirational Reading(s) All listeners SIT.
(followed by short period of silent reflection;
followed by optional sharing of reflections) 
(silent, musical, or visually guided)

Refreshments    All move to tables and SIT.
(this potluck may be preceded by a blessing)
Basket Ceremony 
(before worship begins each member places in basket a nameless, returnable token; once chosen the bringer names it; for the one selecting the token it serves as a prompt to keep the bringer especially in mind until our next gathering.

Announcements and 
Preparations for Next Gathering

Closing Ceremony                                            
(All STAND for unison recitation of Celtic Prayer)
Deep peace of the running waters to all
Deep peace of the breathing air to all
Deep peace of the quiet earth to all
Deep peace of the shining stars to all



for Nondenominational, Interfaith, Ecumenical, Progressive Christian, Reform Jewish, Engaged Hindu and Buddhist, Bahai, Taoist, Native North American, Religious Humanist, Wiccan, New Thought and Neo-Pagan Liturgies


for Observances of Special Occasions including Weddings (woman-woman, man-man, woman-man), Separations (same as previous), Funerals and Memorials, Faith-Confirmations, Sacred Meals, Ceremonies of Healing, Commissioning and Naming Rites 


for Person-Centered Conversation, Advice and Psychotherapeutics Relating to Soul-Full Living, Meaningful Relationships, Truthful Thought & Action and Reverence of the Sacred 


for Guidance, Instruction or Training in Devotional, Metaphysical, Scriptural, Theological, Ethical, Ecclesiastical, Doctrinal, Canonical, Liturgical or Ministerial Matters for Adolescent/Adult Individuals or Groups


for Group Presentations, Addresses, Lectures, Debates, Round Table & Panel Discussions, Exhortations and Sermons 
       CHAPLAIN DANIEL C. DORAN                 OR                                         
was chosen and commissioned as a Minister-at-Large in Perpetuity, on 6 February 1982, by the Rev. Dr. Eugene Pickett, through the Church of the Larger Fellowship of the Unitarian-Universalist Association of Congregations.  The Elders of the American Unitarian Conference joined in his installation. 

Dr. Doran's authority extends to those regions
of Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario lacking UUA or CUC clergy with congregational jurisdiction.  

The Sault Area Unitarian Universalist Alliance 
Provides Services to  Devout yet Non-Doctrinaire
Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups
in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan 
& Ontario's Algoma District.

We assemble to celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Our Statement of Purpose

We gather as Unitarians, Universalists 
and other nondogmatic believers
 to enjoy with each other the spiritual quest.
We gather to strengthen each other  
in understanding and living out the deepest meanings of our lives.
We gather with a sense of appreciation and wonder 
 before the Sacred Mystery of Life.
We draw upon the voices and visions of the great religious traditions.
We draw upon reason, intuition, art, science and our own life experiences.
We draw upon the spiritual power and truth of our own congregation.
(if concluding at this point, add..."So might it be!")

We commit ourselves to:
Creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and reliance;
Keeping confidential all that is disclosed;
Making every effort to prepare for, be present at, 
and do our part at each gathering;
Listening with heart and mind  
to each other's feelings and life-situations;
Sharing with each other our personal experiences, 
 our knowledge, talents. humor and other inner resources;
Receiving from each other the insights and energies 
deriving from our varying spiritual paths and perspectives;
Refraining from condemning, or trying to convert anyone 
to a particular way of believing or acting;
Encouraging each other to ever-greater spiritual growth 
 by comforting, challenging, supporting 
 and assisting, according to the need.

So might it be!  
Sault Area Unitarian Universalist Alliance
First adopted April 1991, 
Readopted May 2002, 
Revised Antiphonally 2008

The Principles and Purposes 

of the UUA Denomination

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 

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. 

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources: 

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 women and men 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. 

Grateful for the religious pluralism 

which enriches and ennobles our faith, 

we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. 

As free congregations we enter into this covenant, 

promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

Our Summer Solstice Worship Service 

Visitors Are Welcome to
Join In Our Monthly Potluck
to be added to the invitation mailing list (designating dates and locations) send your email address to either OR

Chaplain Daniel C. Doran Ph. D. 
is a Member of the Board of Directors 
for the ULC International Ministries Council 

 Heartland District Director 
(Rev. Dr. Margaret Hollander)
Led Us In Ritual Indoors. Then
We All Headed Outdoors for a  
Picnic to Celebrate the Day Star