About Unitarian Universalism
Ours is a liberal religion that accepts people of many faiths. Rather than try to enforce conformity of beliefs, we pledge to create caring communities that give people the freedom to search for spiritual truth in their own way.
Unitarian Universalism is a worldwide religious movement dating back more than 400 years to independent thinkers in eastern Europe. While based in Judeo-Christian tradition, it has evolved in recent years to include other influences such as humanism, Buddhism, and Earth-centered spirituality. We invite you to take a moment to view a brief video about Unitarian Universalism.
Today, the hallmark of UU congregations is the mutual agreement among members to conduct their lives by certain principles that transcend all creeds. We call these the Seven Faith Principles.
Our Seven Faith Principles
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
Unitarian Universalist Origins: Our Historic Faith
A pamphlet by Mark W. Harris
Unitarians and Universalists have always been heretics. We are heretics because we want to choose our faith, not because we desire to be rebellious. “Heresy” in Greek means “choice.” During the first three centuries of the Christian church, believers could choose from a variety of tenets about Jesus. Among these was a belief that Jesus was an entity sent by God on a divine mission. Thus the word “Unitarian” developed, meaning the oneness of God. Another religious choice in the first three centuries of the Common Era (CE) was universal salvation. This was the belief that no person would be condemned by God to eternal damnation in a fiery pit. Thus a Universalist believed that all people will be saved. Christianity lost its element of choice in 325 CE when the Nicene Creed established the Trinity as dogma. For centuries thereafter, people who professed Unitarian or Universalist beliefs were persecuted.
Read the full article at http://www.uua.org/beliefs/history/151249.shtml.
From philosophers to scientists, artists to architects, social reformers to politicians, people from around the world have found their spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism. Learn more: The Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography.
UUs in San Diego
Learn about the history of UUs in San Diego.
"I am still a work in progress. I still have moments when I wonder about God or Goddess. I still have moments when I ask myself, "Just what do you believe?" You know something? I am still searching. I believe that we are here for a brief time and that we need to help each other in the search for our own personal truths. I believe that I must keep my mind open to a variety of beliefs as I continue to examine and reexamine my own. Finally, I believe that I have found a haven in this church that supports me in my search."