What Unitarian Universalists Believe
Unitarian Universalism creates change: in ourselves, and in the world.
Unitarian Universalists have a living, emergent faith. Whether in community with others or as individuals, we know that active, tangible expressions of love, justice, and peace are what make a difference.
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Unitarian Universalist congregations are committed to seven principles which reflect our belief in the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. Our congregations and spiritual communities promote these principles through worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.
Judaeo Christian Roots
Excerpts from “What Unitarians and Universalists Believe” by Rev. Charles Eddis
The word “Unitarian” comes from a distinguishing belief its founders held four centuries ago in the unity of God, in contrast to the Christian belief in the Trinity, God in three persons.
The word “Universalist” comes from a belief in universal salvation: the belief that Jesus achieved what he set out to do in dying on the cross, thereby saving the human race from perdition. All souls were ultimately saved, whatever their beliefs or morals. Universalists became popularly known as “the no hell church.”
Establishing roots in the United States in the 19th century, many early Universalists agreed with Unitarians on the undivided oneness of deity. In the 20th century their church became much broader, many Universalists focusing on the universal insights and values of all religions.
Our faith tradition is diverse and inclusive. Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of many beliefs who share UU values of peace, love, and understanding. We are creators of positive change in people and in the world.