Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church of Hayward was founded in 1954 and named after Thomas Starr King, a California Unitarian Universalist hero. The church began as a do-it-yourself operation that purchased the grounds of a lovely old plant nursery beside a creek. Since then, the church has grown, but we’ve stayed true to our welcoming nature and values.

Our Mission

Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Hayward, California is a welcoming congregation that strives to foster respect and compassion for all people and a reverence for nature. We support one another in our search for spiritual and religious meaning and are committed to working for justice in the larger community.

Our Vision

To be a spiritual community for our time:

  • Theologically diverse
  • Radically inclusive
  • Justice centered

Our Values

We faithfully try to be a congregation that…

  • embraces a vibrant, dynamic, and diverse community in which meaningful transformative spiritual practice flourish
  • assists and celebrates each individual’s search for truth through the unity of fellowship and common worship.
  • provides adults and children with a rich array of opportunities for personal and spiritual growth through involvement, leadership, and service
  • warmly welcomes visitors into our spiritual community and lovingly supports our members through crises and transitions.
  • addresses social justice issues, making a real difference in people’s lives through education and action as well as moral, spiritual and material support.
  • works to protect the earth and its resources and cultivates a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing environment that enriches our community and spiritual life
  • operates its business affairs legally, ethically, compassionately, prudently, and transparently, and develops budgets and fundraising initiatives that support the congregation’s needs, goals, and values.

Our Beliefs

As Unitarian Universalists, we care deeply about our beliefs. So deeply that we don’t want to say the words “I believe” unless we truly believe! That’s why we don’t impose a set of beliefs on our members. Instead, we encourage spiritual growth in our theologically diverse community.

Our members decide how to describe what they believe. We occasionally offer a class called Building Your Own Theology that encourages the clarification of beliefs. At the end of the program, each participant develops a “credo,” or statement of belief. You might be inspired by some of our members’ credos. Our Unitarian Universalist religion helps us support each other in the search for personal answers.

We are united in shared experience: our worship services, religious education, rites of passage, work for social justice – and more! Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system.