What if we came with our questions without fear?
We Are A Progressive, Non-Dogmatic, Religious Community of Free Thinkers and Social Justice Advocates
The Founding of a Religion Based on Filipino Heritage and Culture
The Filipino culture has always been liberal, welcoming and nurturing. According to new research, the Philippines is one of the possible homelands of the Polynesian peoples that occupied islands as far as New Zealand and Australia on the South, Latin America on the East, and as far West as Madagascar. Gifted with a culture well adapted to tolerance and goodwill, the Philippine Unitarians naturally formed a community that welcomed many beliefs including indegenous animistic and faith healing practices that had arisen in the Philippines as a way to liberate people from oppressions, historical, political, and economic. Every religion is lived according to the culture one adapts.
Rev. Toribio Quimada was in the 1950s one of the ministers of the Iglesia Universal de Cristo, but due to his insistence on making the bible accessible to all, he was ex-communicated. It was then that he organized the Universalist Church of the Philippines with the 6 congregations who joined him. They soon decided to affiliate with the most liberal faith in the West, the Unitarian Universalist Assocation in the USA. And in 1988, it officially became part of the UUA and called itself the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines, keeping a relationship that is not dependent on the UUA but cooperates with it to enrich the culture of tolerance and faith in humanity all over the world.
Learn about the Filipino History of Welcoming Refugeees
500,000 Vietnamese, thousands of Russians, Jews escaping the Holocaust, and Rohingya Muslims, among many others.
The UU Church is a justice-seeking church; we seek awareness of our oppressions and work for our freedoms.
in meeting you,
in learning from you,
my heart became heavier but fuller
my hurt became heavier but stronger
Words for Worship
Love is the spirit of this church,
and service is its law.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek the truth in love,
And to help one another.
James Vila Blake
We don't "spread the Word", we make the space for many truths to live in peace and understanding.
There are about 2,500 members of the UU Church of the Philippines. That is half of 1 percent of the total population.
Most Filipinos profess to be Roman Catholics, although there are about 10% who are from the protestant sects, 10% who are Muslims, and another 5% practicing Hinduism, Buddhism and New Age disciplines.
Although there is practically no regulations against putting up your own religion except the usual proof of organization, structure, and declaration, an archaic law from the Spanish colonization was used to put a man in prison in 2012 for disrupting a Catholic event displaying a placard silently. The offense: "Offending religious feelings."
The UU Church of the Philippines supports the human rights and sexual rights of LGBTIQA folks and ordained its first out lesbian minister, Rev. Tet Gallardo, from Manila in 2013. She has led scores of same-sex commitment rituals including 2 mass weddings.
Because the UUCP practices freedom of beliefs, it has ordained ministers those who practice faith healing, animism, paganism, and wiccan practices. The UUCP ordains women and is led by many women in various roles in the church. Rev. Rebecca Quimada Sienes is the longest running president of the UUCP who has survived the male challengers over 2 decades.
The UUCP is also tolerant of all political persuasions and is sensitive against using the pulpit and positions of power and influence in partisan activities.
LEARN ABOUT OUR MINISTRIES
Find Your Place with Us
Would you like to join one of our ministries? Give us a call today to join the many worshippers who are already calling Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines home.
THE FOUR DISTRICTS
The District Assembly governs the four districts, which meets periodically. Each District Assembly elects the District Minister for their district to represent them in the Board of Trustees.