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Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that encourages individuals to find their own spiritual path. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. We are historically a Judeo-Christian based church; however, today many individual members identify with Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, Humanism, Paganism, or with other philosophical or religious traditions. As such, Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to search for truth on many paths. Our congregations gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action by helping to make our world a better place.
Since we are a theologically diverse church, our congregations affirm and promote our seven principles:
Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is an organization of over 1,000 liberal religious congregations in the United States. Each congregation is self-governing. Together, the member congregations support each other and bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance, and social justice.
Unitarian Universalism arose from two liberal religions, both of which were originally part of the Christian tradition.
The two denominations merged in 1961. Over the years, Unitarian Universalism has evolved into an even more open and accepting faith.
Many UU congregations begin their worship services by lighting a flame in a chalice. This symbol of Unitarian Universalism has multiple origins and meanings.
In 1415, Bohemian church reformer John (Jan) Huss was burned at the stake for his heresies. One of them was offering the communion chalice to the common people. After his death, the combination of the chalice and the flame became a symbol of religious freedom.
During World War II, the Unitarian Service Committee adopted the flaming chalice as its symbol during its efforts to help refugees escape Nazi persecution.
Over the years, the flaming chalice became the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. To many, the chalice represents religious community. The flame is often thought of as a symbol of truth, spirit, freedom, sacrifice, or other ideas.
Sometimes the flaming chalice logo appears within two interlocking circles. These circles represent the merging of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations.
(Above information has been adapted from the UUA website.)
For More Information visit The Unitarian Universalist Association website
For a visual and auditory experience of Unitarian Universalism, view the 10 minute video
(embedded below, and also linked here): Voices of a Liberal Faith