On a national scale, we are
Unitarian-Universalists. Our name represents two liberal religious
traditions that evolved separately in Europe before migrating to this country
with the Puritans in the 1600 and 1700s. They joined in 1962, bringing together
the mind and action centered Unitarians with the spiritually
believed that God is a loving God who would not have damned any of his/her
"children" to hell, thus creating their belief in "universal" salvation, i.e.,
we are all "saved." They loved music and celebration of spirit. They ordained
the first female minister in America, Olympia Brown, in 1862. Universalism has
helped many to see that there is a universal experience in religions and
spiritual traditions the world over.
The first Unitarians
believed in the unity of God as one entity. Our Unitarian
ancestors include Thomas Jefferson, both John Adams and his son
John Quincy Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes
and Clara Barton. More recent UU's include Adlai Stevenson, Albert
Schweitzer, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Carlos Williams, Ray Bradbury, and Christopher Reeve (see
Famous Unitarian Universalists). Unitarians
throughout history have fought slavery, championed women's rights, joined in
the civil rights movement and pioneered humanism. Most recently, Unitarian-Universalists
have helped lead the way to include gays, lesbians, and trans-gendered people
fully in American life.
Great Websites for Unitarian Universalism
Visit the Unitarian Universalist Association page for a library of resources at:
Of particular note:
Purposes of the UUA.
"One Hundred Questions
That Newcomers Ask About Unitarian Universalism" (PDF) - Information for
newcomers to our denomination.
"Fulfilling the Promise" --The Common Call of Our Faith at the Opening of the 21st Century" is the UUA's document on recovenanting.
The online bookstore lets you order online UU resources on a wide variety of topics.
Faith in Action gives you ideas for expanding social justice programs on anti-racism, heterosexism, accessibility and anti-oppression programs.
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Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee
-- Grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles that affirm the worth,
dignity and human rights of every person, and the interdependence of all
life, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is a voluntary,
nonsectarian organization working to advance justice throughout the world
Famous Unitarian Universalists -- UUism is a creedless religion; our deeds speak louder than our words, and so it may be easier to understand UUism as a living faith by noting the individuals who have been associated with UUism.