What is Unitarian Universalism?

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world.

Unitarianism and Universalism were born of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s. Religious freedom was then and still is central to our faith. In 1568, the first Religious Tolerance Edict was declared by a Unitarian King in what is today Romania. In the early 1800s, the first American Unitarians sought freedom of religious expression in the very same congregations the Puritans built two hundred years earlier. Click Here for more information about history.

Our congregational life and evolving theology is very much grounded in our founders optimistic understanding of human nature, their devotion to a loving God and the centrality of Jesus teachings. Universalism also claimed a loving God for whom the Beloved Community is still central.

Fifty years ago these two progressive religious denominations merged and our theology has expanded to embrace diverse beliefs. Individual Unitarian Universalists may identify with and draw inspiration from many different religious or philosophical traditions, which may include Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Paganism.  Common to all of us is the understanding that asking the right questions is more important than knowing the right answers.

Seven principles and five wisdom sources form the backbone of our faith within each of our 1,000 congregations in this country.  Click here to learn more about the principles.   Unitarian Universalism also has an international presence.  Click here to learn more about the international presence and efforts.

Check out www.uua.org and visit our denominational headquarters at 25 Beacon Street, Boston (next to the State House.)