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Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

About Unitarian Universalism

If you’re unfamiliar with Unitarian Universalism, you may have questions about our beliefs and practices. Our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, is an association of more than 1,000 churches and fellowships. Each congregation is autonomous, answering only to its own membership. Important decisions are made by the democratic process.

The UUA was formed in 1961 by the merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America. As a denomination we affirm:

Our denomination has evolved over the centuries to its present liberalism from two important challenges to orthodox Christian theology. Unitarianism taught that there is in Jesus the same divinity that is in us all–whether that makes all of us equally children of God or simply children of humanity. Universalism taught that we are going to the same reward–whether that is heaven or the unending sleep of the soul at death.

Our members come from diverse backgrounds. Many were once members of other denominations and faith traditions. Some consider themselves Christian, some honor Jewish traditions, while others look to humanist, agnostic, pagan and other religious traditions. We have many interfaith and multi-ethnic families and members in our Unitarian Universalist churches. All share a devotion to freedom, a commitment to reason, and a belief in the sanctity of every human being.

You can learn more about Unitarian Universalism at www.uua.org.