Morgantown, West Virginia
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two different religions:
Unitarianism and Universalism. Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago. In America, the Universalist Church of
America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. After consolidating in 1961, these faiths
became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Since the merger of the two denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist
heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.
Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:
• Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which
moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold
• Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and
structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
• Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
• Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our
neighbors as ourselves;
• Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of
science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
• Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and
instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
• 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.
These sources of faith and the seven principles below are the backbone of our religious community:
Love is the spirit of this church
Further information on the UUA is available on their website.