What is Unitarian Universalism?
The name Unitarian originally came from the belief in the “unity” of God rather than a Trinity.
The name Universalism originated with the belief in “universal” salvation, the idea that everyone will be saved and no one is eternally damned.
What Do Unitarian Universalists Believe?
The most fundamental principle of Unitarian Universalism is individual freedom of religious belief.
Unitarian Universalists believe personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion. There is no creed with which you must agree. Religious insight may come from a book, a person, or an institution, but religious authority does not. Religious authority is within ourselves. Religious insights are tested in our individual hearts and minds. It is a free faith.
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of Jewish and Christian traditions, but religious wisdom is ever changing. Human understanding of life and death, the world and its mysteries, is never final. People should think for themselves. We differ in opinions and lifestyles and, at the same time, respect individual choice. Ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. Our relationships with one another, with diverse peoples, races, and nations, should be governed by justice, equity, and compassion.