The term “Unitarian” originally meant “non-trinitarian,” a belief in the oneness of God rather than a three-part entity. Our ranks now include those of more non-theistic and non-supernatural religious bents as well. We value the teachings of many great thinkers from several religious or philosophical points of view.
The term “Universalist” derived from the concept of universal salvation first promulgated by the Alexandrian theologian, Origen and centuries later by Protestant Christians like John Murray and Hosea Ballou. The American Unitarian Association and The Universalist Church of America were both relatively small religious bodies when they merged in 1961 to form the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal tradition that does not prescribe a mandatory or restrictive set of beliefs or creeds. Each individual is free to undertake his or her religious and spiritual life according to the dictates of conscience and reason. Our goal is to be a committed and supportive community, nurturing the religious lives and growth of all who come, while respecting each individual’s independence of thought.