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What is Unitarian Universalism? What is a Unitarian Church? These are two general issues people have about Unitarian conventions.

Unitarian Universalism (abbreviation for UU) is a liberal, "non-creedal" spiritual movement that is heiling pluralism and diversification in its participants trust and experience.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was formed in 1961 by the head of the Unitarian and Universalist merits. Although historically rooted in Protestant Christianity, Unitarian Universalists does not consider their faith as a Christian one.

Unitarian Church Fast Fats:

Date founded: 1961
Place founded: Boston, Massachusetts
Founder: None. The movement was founded by the merger of two liberal Protestant denominations.
Adherents: 800,000 worldwide, most in the USA

Belief in God
Very different beliefs--Unitarian/Universalists welcome all deity beliefs as well as nontheistic creed. Some conventions were constituted for those who share a common belief, e.g. Christianity.

Incarnations
Extremely diverse beliefs, involving belief in no incarnations, or that all are the personification of God. Some believe Christ is God's Son, or not Son but "Wayshower."

\Universe and Life Descent
Diverse beliefs, but most believe in the Bible as symbolical and that natural methods account for origins.

After Death
Various beliefs, but most believe that heaven and hell are not places but are symbolic. Some believe heaven and hell are states of self-consciousness either in life or continuing after death; some believe in reincarnation; some believe that afterlife doesn't exist or not known or is not important, as actions in life are all that matter.

Why Evil?
Most do not believe that humanity derived original transgression from Adam and Eve or that Lucifer actually exists. Most believe that God is good and made people inherently good but also with free will and a not perfect nature that guide some to non-moral conduct. The beliefs are chamging. Some believe harm is accomplished when people estranged themselves from Lord. Some believe in “karma,” that what goes around comes around. Some believe wrongdoing is a matter of human nature, psychology, sociology, etc.

Salvation
Some believe in escape through loyalty to the King and Jesus Christ, along with doing good works and doing no damage to others. Many believe all will be saved, as Jesus is good and generous and forgiving. Others believe in reincarnation and the inevitability to eliminate personal avidity or to learn all of life’s lessons before achieving enlightenment or salvation. For some, the concepts of salvation or enlightenment are inappropriate or doubted.

Undeserving Suffering
Here the beliefs differs a lot from one to another. Most Unitarians do not believe that devil causes suffering. Most of the people thinks suffering and all the harm and damage is part of God’s plan. They think Lord is punishing people, due to their behavior. Lots doesn't believe in any spiritual reasons for suffering, and most take a umanist treatment to help those who need it.

Contemporary Issues
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s position is to protect the personal right to choose misbirth. Other modern points of view include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular contribute to divorce and remarriage, working to end poorness, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental security.
-Hudibras...
As if religion were intended / For nothing else but to be mended... (Samuel Butler, poet)
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