About Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalism creates change: in ourselves, and in the world.
Seven days a week, UUs live their faith by doing. Whether in community with others or as an individual, we know that active, tangible expressions of love, justice, and peace are what make a difference.
Unitarian Universalist congregations are committed to seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. Our congregations and faith communities promote these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.
Our faith tradition is diverse and inclusive. We grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. Universalists, in direct opposition to the Calvinist teachings of the time, rejected the concept of pre-destiny and believed salvation was universal – that all people, through Christ, would eventually be united with God after death. Unitarians rejected the concept of the Trinity (“Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”). They believe that while Jesus was an important teacher and had a special relationship with God, he was not the literal son of God, any more than we are all children of God.
Unitarians and Universalists joined to become the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of many beliefs who share UU values of respect, peace, and inclusion. We are creators of positive change in people and in the world.