Unitarian Universalism (UU for short) is a liberal, "non-creedal" religious movement that welcomes pluralism and diversity in its members' beliefs and practices.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was formed in 1961 by the merger of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations. Although historically rooted in Protestant Christianity, Unitarian Universalists do not regard their faith as a Christian denomination. 1
"Unitarian Universalism" refers to the movement/religion that a Unitarian Universalist identfies with. Some Unitarian Universalists refer to themselves simply as "Unitarians" for short.
"UUism" and "UUs" are very common abbreviations for the religion with such a long name.
The "Unitarian Universalist Association" is an American association of Unitarian Universalist congregations. It is the largest organization of Unitarian Universalists worldwide. It was formed in 1961 and is has its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Unitarian" and "Universalist" are the names of the two liberal Protestant denominations that combined to form the UUA in 1961. These terms are now more historical than descriptive since they are meaningful primarily in a Christian theological context. Many UUs are not Christians or are Christians but may not ascribe to unitarianism or universalism.
"Unitarianism" indicates the rejection of the doctrine of the Trinity. The name refers to the unity, i.e. oneness of God. "Universalism" is the belief that God will save everyone and no one will suffer eternal punishment.
Unitarian Universalism has no set beliefs, and that is its defining characteristic. According to a UUA pamphlet:
With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion -- that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places... full article →
|Published||March 17, 2015|
|Updated||October 28, 2016|
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