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History of Unitarian Universalism – Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church of Roseburg, Oregon

History of Unitarian Universalism


UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM came into being with the merger of two older religious denominations in 1961.
Both the Unitarians and the Universalists had roots in ancient Christian times.
Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion, in which members support one another in the search for truth and meaning. Individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify as Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, or with other philosophical or religious traditions. As members of a non-creedal religious tradition, Unitarian Universalists are free to discern our beliefs about spiritual issues. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s seven principles express the shared values that UUA congregations affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part


UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. Our congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities—and the world—a better place.

For more information on the history of Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Web site.

To learn more about famous Unitarian Universalists, spend some time here.

Grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles that affirm the worth, dignity and human rights of every person, and the interdependence of all life, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is a voluntary, nonsectarian organization working to advance justice throughout the world.

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