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Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism Fast Facts




Has no set beliefs, which is its defining characteristic.


Ceremonies for marriages, funerals, etc. Church services have elements from various religions. Emphasis on civil rights, social justice, equality and environment. Most UUs are anti-death penalty and pro-gay rights.


Many sacred texts are revered by various members; some none at all. The Bible is the most commonly used text.

Unitarian Universalism Overview

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 Church Fast Facts

  • Date founded: 1961
  • Place founded: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Founder: None. The movement was founded by the merger of two liberal Protestant denominations.
  • Adherents: 800,000 worldwide, most in the USA 2

UU Terminology

"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.

References & Sources

  1. "Frequently Asked Questions: Are you Christian?" - Unitarian Universalist Association
  2. "Major Religions Ranked by Size" - Adherents.com

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