Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Association logo.svg
The official logo of the UUA, based upon the flaming chalice motif.
AbbreviationUUA
ClassificationUnitarian Universalism
PolityCongregational
PresidentSusan Frederick-Gray
AssociationsInternational Council of Unitarians and Universalists
RegionNorth America
Headquarters24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
OriginMay 15, 1961; 60 years ago (1961-05-15)
Merger ofAmerican Unitarian Association and Universalist Church of America
Congregations1,096[1]
Members152,921 members (2020)[2]
PublicationsUU World[3]
Official websitewww.uua.org

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a liberal religious association of Unitarian Universalist congregations. It was formed in 1961 by the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America.[4] Both of these predecessor organizations began as Christian denominations of the Unitarian and Universalist varieties respectively. However, modern Unitarian Universalists see themselves as a separate religion with its own beliefs and affinities. They define themselves as non-creedal, and draw wisdom from various religions and philosophies, including humanism, pantheism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, and Earth-centered spirituality.[5][6][7] Thus, the UUA is a syncretistic religious group with liberal leanings.

In the United States, Unitarian Universalism grew by 15.8% between 2000 and 2010 to include 211,000 adherents nationwide.[8]

  1. ^ "Congregation Search Results". uua.org. 14 February 2018.
  2. ^ "UUA Membership Statistics, 1961-2020". uua.org. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  3. ^ "About 'UU World' Magazine". uuworld.org. 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ Harvard Divinity School: Timeline of Significant Events in the Merger of the Unitarian and Universalist Churches During the 1900s
  5. ^ YouTube: You're a Uni-What?
  6. ^ YouTube: Unitarian Universalism - Open Source Faith
  7. ^ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos: - Our Minister
  8. ^ Smietana, Bob. "Unitarian faith growing nationwide". usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved February 1, 2016.

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