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In the Western world, we expect religion to be defined by belief and by scripture. We are most familiar with a kind of religion that begins with “I believe” and then everything else flows from that.
Unitarians are different. We define our religion by the kind of people we want to be, by the work we do for others, and by the communities we create and sustain. When people of open heart and open mind unite in community to share their stories, their beliefs, their joys and their sorrows, what emerges is a spirituality that comes from deep within - a spirituality that is more felt and immediate and personally relevant than anything that can be written or taught.
Unitarianism nurtures each one of us to grow toward wholeness and connection and unites us to do the hard and essential work of creating a better world.
We affirm and promote
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of free, just, and peaceful world community;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Please see our list of links for more information about Unitarianism

Unitarian Links

  • BBC Profile of Unitarianism - An excellent and generally accurate overview.
  • UKSpirituality - UKSpirituality is a diverse and inclusive listing of highquality spirituality programmes and events currently happening acrossthe entire United Kingdom. Each contribution is vetted to ensure it isnon-dogmatic and participative and open to everyone regardless of age,race, ethnicity, ability or sexual orientation.
  • 'Unitarian? - What's That?' - Questions and answers about Unitarianism
  • Unitarian Universalist Association - The web presence of the association of American Unitarian Univeralist congregations. This site offers a wealth of information and resources.
  • The UK Unitarian General Assembly - Web site for the association of Unitarian congregations in the UK.
  • PULSE - Unitarians in London and the Southeast of England.
  • Unitarian Societies - a network of unitarian communities and fellowships for various interests and activities
  • International Council of Unitarians and Universalists - The ICUU is a network of Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist organizations from 23 countries.
  • Unitarian and UU Links - a large collection of links to Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist resources on the web.
  • The Unitarian Universalist Video on YouTube - Really good! See what we're about.
  • Belief-o-Matic™ - Answer 20 questions and Belief-O-Matic™ will tell you what religion (if any) you practice..or ought to consider practicing.
  • A history of Unitarianism, written by Rev. Andrew Hill. Excellent.
  • Famous Unitarians - Lots of them including a few US presidents!
  • Unitarian Jihad - A satirical look at what is best and worst about Unitarians. Or maybe it's not satire after all..

Books about Unitarianism

  • Being Liberal in an Illliberal Age, Jack Mendelsohn, 1995 Edition. The Critical Way in Religion by Duncan Howlett
  • The Epic of Unitarianism by David Parke. A documentary history of Unitarianism through the ages. Fascinating reading.
  • A History of Unitarianism by Earl Morse Wilbur. A detailed, two-volume history beginning in the 15th century. Currently out of print but available in libraries.
  • On Being Human Religiously by James Luther Adams. The author's philosophy as a liberal theologian.
  • Our Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by John Buehrens and T. Forrester Church. A lighter touch than the previous two recommendations.
  • Today's Children and Yesterday's Heritage by Sophia Lyon Fahs. A philosophical work that points out the importance of religious education.
  • The Unitarians and the Universalists by David Robinson. An easy-to-read scholarly history.
  • Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide edited by William Schultz. An accessible guide to UU beliefs, practices and history.
  • Universalism in America: A Documentary History by Ernest Cassera
  • 'We Are Unitarian Universalists' An on-line pamphlet created by the Unitarian Universalist Association which gives a very broad overview of Unitarian Universalism.
  • Unitarian Perspectives on Contemporary Social Issues. Edited by George D. Chryssides.
  • Prospects for the Unitarian Movement. Edited by Matthew Smith. A collection of fifteen essays by ministers and layfolk concerning thekey issues currently facing the denomination in 21st century Britain.

Download '100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism' at the link below

An Historical Antecedent of the Unitarian Jihad. Back in 1965 at the YMCA of ND State University, a late friend, Tim Canning, and I were discussing the weirdness going on with the rise of the Student Movement. Unitarianism as an organized religious movement emerged during the Reformation period in Poland, Transylvania, and England, and later in North America from the original New England Puritan churches. In each country Unitarian leaders sought to achieve a reformation that was completely in accordance with the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.In particular, they found no warrant for the. Microsoft edge crashes mac.

Unitarian Jihad

Unitarian Jihad

We are Unitarian Jihad, and our motto is: 'Sincerity is not enough.' We have heard from enough sincere people to last a lifetime already. Just because you believe it's true doesn't make it true. Just because your motives are pure doesn't mean you are not doing harm. Enthusiastic supporter of coffee, power pop, ice hockey, and JavaScript - emceeaich. Welcome to Unitarian Jihad! Our religion is Radical Tolerance! We will tolerate nothing less! (unless, of course, by consensus we select another path) Which generation do you belong to?

This message came to chamblee54 through the grace of the comment section at obsidianwings. The original was printed in a San Francisco newspaper in 2005, when few had heard of Barack Obama. The author may claim that it is satire, but chamblee54 suspects a hidden message. The pictures are from The Library of Congress.
The following is the first communique from a group calling itself Unitarian Jihad. It was sent to me at The Chronicle via an anonymous spam remailer. I have no idea whether other news organizations have received this communique, and, if so, why they have not chosen to print it. Perhaps they fear starting a panic. I feel strongly that the truth, no matter how alarming, trivial or disgusting, must always be told. I am pleased to report that the words below are at least not disgusting:
Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States. We are Unitarian Jihad. There is only God, unless there is more than one God. The vote of our God subcommittee is 10-8 in favor of one God, with two abstentions. Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation noted the possibility of there being no God at all, and his objection was noted with love by the secretary.

Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States! Too long has your attention been waylaid by the bright baubles of extremist thought. Too long have fundamentalist yahoos of all religions (except Buddhism — 14-5 vote, no abstentions, fundamentalism subcommittee) made your head hurt. Too long have you been buffeted by angry people who think that God talks to them. You have a right to your moderation! You have the power to be calm! We will use the IED of truth to explode the SUV of dogmatic expression!

People of the United States, why is everyone yelling at you??? Whatever happened to … you know, everything? Why is the news dominated by nutballs saying that the Ten Commandments have to be tattooed inside the eyelids of every American, or that Allah has told them to kill Americans in order to rid the world of Satan, or that Yahweh has instructed them to go live wherever they feel like, or that Shiva thinks bombing mosques is a great idea?

Sister Immaculate Dagger of Peace notes for the record that we mean no disrespect to Jews, Muslims, Christians or Hindus. Referred back to the committee of the whole for further discussion.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We are everywhere. We have not been born again, nor have we sworn a blood oath. We do not think that God cares what we read, what we eat or whom we sleep with. Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity notes for the record that he does not have a moral code but is nevertheless a good person, and Unexalted Leader Garrote of Forgiveness stipulates that Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity is a good person, and this is to be reflected in the minutes.

Beware! Unless you people shut up and begin acting like grown-ups with brains enough to understand the difference between political belief and personal faith, the Unitarian Jihad will begin a series of terrorist-like actions. We will take over television studios, kidnap so-called commentators and broadcast calm, well-reasoned discussions of the issues of the day. We will not try for “balance” by hiring fruitcakes; we will try for balance by hiring non-ideologues who think through the issues.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We will appear in public places and require people to shake hands with each other. (Sister Hand Grenade of Love suggested that we institute a terror regime of mandatory hugging, but her motion was not formally introduced because of lack of a quorum.) We will require all lobbyists, spokesmen and campaign managers to dress like trout in public. Televangelists will be forced to take jobs as Xerox repair specialists. Demagogues of all stripes will be required to read Proust out loud in prisons.

We are Unitarian Jihad, and our motto is: “Sincerity is not enough.” We have heard from enough sincere people to last a lifetime already. Just because you believe it’s true doesn’t make it true. Just because your motives are pure doesn’t mean you are not doing harm. Get a dog, or comfort someone in a nursing home, or just feed the birds in the park. Play basketball. Lighten up. The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.

Brother Gatling Gun of Patience notes that he’s pretty sure the world is out to get him because everyone laughs when he says he is a Unitarian. There were murmurs of assent around the room, and someone suggested that we buy some Congress members and really stick it to the Baptists. But this was deemed against Revolutionary Principles, and Brother Gatling Gun of Patience was remanded to the Sunday Flowers and Banners committee.

People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again! There will be coffee and cookies in the Gandhi Room after the revolution.

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