Unitarian Universalism

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for children, teenagers, young adults, and adults developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ for use in congregations and secular settings. The curriculum strives to provide complete and unbiased information about human sexuality so participants can make informed and healthy decisions.

chalice

The flaming chalice is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. Typically, a candle within the chalice is lit before worship and extinguished at the end. Each chalice is unique; it may appear more like a goblet or cup with a stem and foot and be made of any number of materials.

Unitarian Service Committee

The Unitarian Service Committee is the original name for the Unitarian organization established in 1940 as a rescue and relief organization to assist refugees of World War II. Today, this group is known as the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and continues to advance human rights and social justice causes.

Servetus, Michael (c. 1510–1553)

A Spanish theologian who rejected the notion of the Trinity, arguing that the life and teachings of Jesus had been embellished well beyond what the Bible actually said. He advocated that Christianity return to a well-reasoned interpretation of the Bible. In 1553 Servetus was burned at the stake for promoting Unitarian ideas.

Deutsch, Hans

Austrian artist and refugee who, when commissioned by Rev. Charles Joy to design a logo for the Unitarian Service Committee’s work during World War II, created the image of the flaming chalice to represent Unitarianism.

Standing on the Side of Love

Standing on the Side of LoveWith a progressive legacy that includes the first American Christian ordination of women as ministers, Unitarian Universalism is continually committed to social justice. The tradition’s Seven Principles, which include recognizing “the worth and dignity of every person,” motivate many Unitarian Universalist congregations to organize in support of liberty, justice, and peace.... Read more about Standing on the Side of Love

Worth Shaping

Worth ShapingOn Sunday mornings, Unitarian Universalist congregations come together to light a chalice, create music, hear sermons, and pray or meditate. Worship services are meant to help congregants explore what matters most in life. Outside of worship services, Unitarian Universalists participate in classes, often on topics such as sexuality and religious education, and spend time seeking individual and communal spiritual growth.... Read more about Worth Shaping

Unitarian Universalism Develops

Unitarian Universalism DevelopsUnitarians—those who belief that God is a single entity—and Universalists—those who affirm that God’s love and salvation extends to everyone—have existed since the life of Jesus. In 1961, after centuries of persecution, the two strains of thought united under the banner of Unitarian Universalism. This theologically liberal and socially progressive religion welcomes the influence of many spiritual traditions, values reason and compassion, and lacks a binding creed.... Read more about Unitarian Universalism Develops

The Flaming Chalice

The Flaming ChaliceThe official symbol of Unitarian Universalism is a flaming chalice. Originally a sign of refuge for those escaping Nazi persecution, the symbol now holds meanings as varied as the thousands of U.U. congregations that light chalices at the beginning of their weekly services.... Read more about The Flaming Chalice

Diversity Within Community

Diversity Within CommunityUnitarian Universalist communities include individuals with varied theological commitments, religious behaviors, and ritual observances. While Unitarian Universalists engage in many forms of religious practice and celebrate many religious and secular holidays, the springtime Flower Communion is a specifically Unitarian Universalist event that honors diversity within community.... Read more about Diversity Within Community

We the (faithful) People: A coalition of religious groups is pushing to redefine faith in Colorado politics 

March 11, 2019
coalition of faith groups is showing up at the state capitol every Tuesday and taking on two big tasks: Pushing legislators for policy that reflects their values and trying to redefine the political voice of the faithful in Colorado. At the launch of Faithful Tuesdays in February, prayers from a Reform rabbi and a Unitarian pastor caused the heads of those gathered to bow, and short sermon-style speeches from a Catholic priest and an African Methodist Episcopal layperson echoed around the grand halls on th

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