People’s Church has offered a liberal religious tradition in the Kalamazoo community for more than 150 years. Read more about People’s rich history.
People’s Church: A beloved community embracing and serving our diverse world.
Aligning with the Principles of the UUA while growing in love, People’s Church:
- Builds a diverse and inclusive loving community
- Freely searches for truth and meaning
- Provides solace and rejuvenation
- Embraces equity and pursues Social Justice
- Cares for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things
Church Organizational Structure
People’s Church is one of approximately 1,000 congregations in the United States that are voluntary members of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Like all of these other congregations, our church is autonomous; the members ‘run’ the church through the elected Board of Trustees, whose nine members serve overlapping three-year terms. In democratically conducted meetings, our members make decisions on matters of policy, election of officers, fiscal and social concerns and the calling of a minister.
As part of the UUA, we are also linked with Unitarian Universalist partners in more than 20 other countries around the world. The Board of People’s Church has partnered with the Unitarian congregation of Kovaszna, Romania for many years, and has recently begun a partnership with Burundi in Africa. This partnership helps to facilitate our understanding of Unitarian Universalism in other cultural, social and religious contexts.
The trustees agree that the responsibilities of each member include being present and active in the life of People’s Church by being intentional about personal religious growth and learning, and by supporting the church with one’s time and talents, as well as a financial pledge.