Unitarian Universalism is historically founded upon two ideas developed in the context of the Christian religious tradition: Unitarianism, which believed that the nature of God is unified and that there was a divine spark in every human being. Universalism affirms that God’s love is so powerful that every person will find salvation. In 1961 the Unitarian and Universalist denominations merged to form the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Although the two movements had many differences, they came together to form a stronger movement to impact the world. As the (Unitarian) protestant reformer Francis David once said “we need not think alike to love alike.” Since the merger into a single denomination, inclusion has become of the most important values within the Unitarian Universalist church.
We believe that one of the most important affirmations of faith is to respect the inherent dignity and worth of all people. Today, Unitarian Universalist churches often include not only Christians, but count people connected to Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, humanism, and agnostic seekers amongst its members. Unitarian Universalist chuches welcomes people of all ages, races, places, and sexual orientation into their membership and leadership.