Unitarian Universalist Principles
The First Universalist Society in Franklin is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and part of the Ballou Channing District in New England.
Our spiritual faith is guided by the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but UU congregations view them as strong values and moral guides. To quote the Unitarian Universalist Association, “We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from href=”http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/sources”>sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.” (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles)
History of the UUA
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. In America, the Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. After consolidating in 1961, these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. To learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism, please see the pamphlet, “Unitarian Universalist Origins: Our Historic Faith.”
Since the merger of the two denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion. Our congregation continues this legacy by supporting important causes on the local and national levels. We are a welcoming congregation and send delegates to the UUA’s General Assembly every year.