What is Unitarian Universalism?

History

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. In America, the Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793; the American Unitarian Association, in 1825.

After consolidating in 1961, these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. Since the merger of the two denominations, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.

Beliefs and Principles

Unitarian Universalism is a big faith, one that embraces a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs. Here your conscience, your experience, and your identity matter. We affirm seven principles, the first of which is a deep recognition of each person’s inherent dignity and worth. We put our faith into action through social and environmental justice work in our communities and the wider world.

Members of UU congregations come not only from Unitarian Universalist tradition, but also from a variety of other religious backgrounds. Most of us would say that our spiritual paths are ever unfolding. We come together for worship services, education, and fellowship to support one another on our respective journeys. The Welcoming Congregation designation and rainbow flag signify our all-inclusive welcome. Our doors are open to people of any race, color, gender, gender expression, physical ability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

Our congregation is a place where we gather to nurture spirits and change lives. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of deciding that these are the people you want to grow with. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices — in fact, we celebrate the religious or philosophical identity you bring.