Unitarian Universalism: What’s in a name?
Excerpts from “What Unitarians and Universalists Believe” by Rev. Charles Eddis
The word “Unitarian” comes from a distinguishing belief its founders held four centuries ago in the unity of God, in contrast to the Christian belief in the Trinity, God in three persons.
The word “Universalist” comes from a belief in universal salvation: the belief that Jesus achieved what he set out to do in dying on the cross, thereby saving the human race from perdition. All souls were ultimately saved, whatever their beliefs or morals. Universalists became popularly known as “the no hell church.”
Establishing roots in the United States in the 19th century, many early Universalists agreed with Unitarians on the undivided oneness of deity. In the 20th century their church became much broader, many Universalists focussing on the universal insights and values of all religions.
- UU History: Our European and North American Roots by Rev. Charles Eddis
- History of the Unitarian movement by Rev. Dr. Phillip Hewett
- Where did we come from? by Rev. Ray Drennan
UUs in North America: The UUA and the CUC
In 1961, the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America merged to form the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) formed the same year as a national group under the continental framework of the UUA. Over time, the relationship between the two organizations evolved, leading to the independence of the CUC in 2002.
The following addresses were offered by Canadian UU Ministers at a time of great transition: the CUC’s growth from UUA affiliate into full-fledged national association of congregations.
- “At The Crossroads Again” Theme Speech at the St. Lawrence District Annual Meeting, April 2000 Donna Morrison-Reed
- “Tomorrow’s Unitarian Universalism Today” A Sermon Delivered at The Unitarian Congregation of South Peel, February 4, 2001 by The Reverend Jeffrey Brown
- Mark Morrison-Reed’s Theme Speech at the Mid-Winter Retreat in Ancaster, ON, Feb 10, 2001
- “Over the Long Haul” Sermon by Donna Morrison-Reed, Feb 25, 2001
- The CUC: From Colony to Nation 1961 – 2002 Address to the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society by Charles Eddis, Quebec City, June 24, 2002.
- CUC Milestones
Celebrating the Living Tradition of our Canadian Unitarian Movement:
- Victor and Nancy Knight Award Recipients This award is presented at the CUC’s Annual Conference to a living person, who has made a notable contribution to the furthering of liberal religious principles in Canada.
- Photo Collections from Canadian Unitarian Council events
- A Canadian Unitarian Almanac and Liturgical Calendar by Rev. Stefan M Jonasson. A guide to the festivals, holidays, and anniversaries often celebrated in Canadian Unitarian congregations.
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