About Unitarian Universalism
Seven days a week, UUs live their faith by doing. Whether in community with others or as an individual, we know that active, tangible expressions of love, justice, and peace are what make a difference.
Unitarian Universalist congregations are committed to seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. Our congregations and faith communities promote these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.
Our faith tradition is diverse and inclusive. We grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They joined to become the UUA in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. 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.
This Day in Unitarian Universalist History October 18
1796 – Hosea Ballou II was born in Guilford, Vermont. A grandnephew of Hosea Ballou, he wrote Ancient History of Universalism (1829). Before becoming a minister, Ballou was a schoolteacher in Roxbury and Medford, Massachusetts. He worked with Horace Mann as a major advocate for public education. Ballou was president of Tufts College from 1854 to 1861. Read more about Hosea Ballou II at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.