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 May 19
1841 – Theodore Parker preached his best-known sermon, “Discourse on the Transient and Permanent in Christianity.” A member of the Transcendentalist Club and a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the sermon added fuel to the Transcendentalist Controversy and angered many of Parker’s Unitarian colleagues, who banned him from their pulpits. Transcendentalists placed less emphasis on the Bible, miracles, and traditional Christian observances such as Communion. Parker then formed the Twenty-Eighth Congregational Society of Boston, preaching to crowds of up to 3,000. Parker defied the Fugitive Slave Law by taking escaped slaves to live in his home. Parker recorded that he wrote sermons with a loaded gun on his desk to defend these fugitives if necessary. Read more about Theodore Parker. at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org - the digital library of Unitarian UniversalismThe post May 19 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.