Unitarian Universalism 101
Welcome to Unitarian Universalism 101! We hope these short videos and readings provide you with a better understanding of our core principles, our history, our theology, and what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist (UU).
Total video watch time is 37 minutes.
-Adapted from a series compiled by Rev. Matthew Johnson.
We Are Unitarian Universalists
We are people of many backgrounds who have diverse beliefs, but shared values. Together, we offer a guided path towards a better you and a better world.
Get to know us in this short animated video, produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). (3 minutes)
Rev. Matthew Johnson guides us through the fascinating journey of Unitarian Universalist theology. (12 minutes)
After watching Matthew’s Theology video, listen to Holy Now by singer-songwriter Peter Mayer. Sometimes referred to as the “sacred science song,” it captures the essence of the holy all around us. (4 minutes)
The Unitarian Universalist legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland and Transylvania, making it hard to do justice to our history in a short video. So we will focus on our history within the United States, where 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 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in 1961.
A History of Unitarianism
by Rev. Sean Neil-Barron. (7 minutes)
A History of Universalism
by Rev. Sean Neil-Barron. (5 minutes)
How Do UUs Describe Their Faith?
These final two videos capture how people describe their UU faith through words and song.
What Is a Unitarian Universalist?
UUs responded to this question during the 2010 General Assembly (GA) of the UUA. UUs congregate at our annual GAs to tend to congregational business, learning, worship, and fun. Produced by the On Being Project. (2 minutes)
May your spirit be lifted as the 2020 UUA GA Virtual choir performs “We Are…” (4 minutes)
“We Are…” by Ysaÿe Barnwell
GA Virtual Choir directed by Benjie Messer
Soloist: Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell
And Here Are Some Readings
We Welcome People with Many Beliefs
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. Follow the links in this reading to learn the varied thinking UUs have on the existence of a higher power; life and death; sacred texts; and prayer and spiritual practice. Links will also take you to how people of diverse faith communities have woven their traditions and identities into who they are today as Unitarian Universalists. More
Our Principles and Sources
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. More
The Flaming Chalice
by Susan J. Ritchie. The flaming chalice is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. Most Unitarian Universalist congregations begin their worship on Sunday mornings by lighting one in the form of a lamp or candle. More