Who are Unitarians?
The term, “Unitarian”, comes from the idea that God is One. This was the most obvious difference that distinguished the earliest European and North American Unitarians from the Christian churches from which they emerged. Today, people and congregations worldwide have many different beliefs about God, but allow their members to define their own spiritual path.
Universalism is also part of today’s Unitarian organisations. Early Universalists believed that God did not condemn God’s created beings to eternal torment in hell, but rather that there would be universal salvation for all people. The idea that God is all-loving remains an important part of Universalist tradition. In some parts of the world, Unitarians and Universalists have come to believe that all religious systems have elements of truth, that religious striving everywhere is toward living in harmony with the same Mystery.
We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.
Is this a church?
Since the word, “church”, usually signifies a solely Christian community, we would offer instead that we are a supportive community that honours diverse beliefs but also a shared value of inclusion and the power of love. We are a community of people who come together to inspire and be inspired.
What do you believe?
We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.
On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.