Unitarians in Utah Offer a Place for Pluralism

March 8, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune


On March 8, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "Utah's Unitarian community is but a small blip in a state dominated by one religion -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- and populated by several smaller, but significantly sized sects... But in pulling their five state congregations together for the first time ever Sunday at the University of Utah, the Unitarians made a new kind of noise. The message: We're here, we're growing and we intend to spread our creed of diversity and inclusion to all who are willing to listen. The time has come for the self-proclaimed 'liberal faith' to begin reaching out to the larger culture and offer up their congregations as a spiritual home for those who have been unable to find one, said the Rev. William Sinkford, national president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)... 'The United States has become the most racially, socially and religiously pluralistic society the earth has ever known,' he added. 'We must find ways to live together. And we know how to do it because we live it every week. We understand that our religious differences need not divide us.' The Boston-based UUA numbers about 1,000 congregations and 200,000 members nationally. Among them are five Utah congregations: the First Unitarian Church (Salt Lake City), South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Utah Valley U.U., Cache Valley U.U. Fellowship and the U.U. Society of Ogden."