What Is Unitarianism?
Unitarian Universalism (UUism) is a liberal religion that promotes freedom of belief and respect for all people. We provide a warm, open, inclusive supportive community for people who believe “how we live is more important than what we believe.”
Unitarian Universalism is approximately 400 years old and there are more than one thousand UU congregations in the United States, Canada, and around the world.
We do not need to profess a “creed” in order to be a UU. We believe that an individual's theology is a result of their own search for truth and meaning, not obedience to an outside authority. Instead, we are united by shared values including tolerance, compassion and on-going commitment to making the world a more humane and peaceful place. Read about our Principles and Sources.
Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with different beliefs and there is rich dialogue in our congregations about spiritual issues. We welcome and embrace all who share our values and principles regardless of their religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race, age or gender.
Unitarian Universalism attracts people who are uncomfortable with the “dogmas” of the most organized religions. As a result, most of us arrived at Unitarianism from either a different faith tradition or from an un-churched background.
Toronto First Unitarian, founded in 1845, is a place where theists (believers in a personal God) and non-theists, Christians, Jews and Buddhists, the rational and the spiritual, can come together in a community of common purpose and mutual respect.
For parents of young children, we provide an alternative to more traditional approaches to religious education.
Toronto First Unitarian also provides a liberal alternative to Metropolitan Community Church as a religious home for gay and lesbian individuals and families.
Our Unison Affirmation
We recite this affirmation in unison as part of our service every Sunday:
Love is our doctrine,
The quest for truth is our sacrament,
And service is our prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve life,
To the end that all souls shall grow
into harmony with the divine —
Thus do we covenant with each other
and with all.
Adapted from L Griswold Williams
About Our Congregation
Toronto First Unitarian, like all UU congregations, is autonomous, self-funding and governed by a Board of Trustees elected annually by our members. However, we gain great strength and numerous services by being a member of a larger movement. We are one of more than 45 congregations in the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC). Learn more about our administration and governance.
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two different religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago. After consolidating in 1961 in the U.S., these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). In Canada, Unitarian and Universalist congregations have been active since the mid-1800's. The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) includes congregations that call themselves Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist (UU). In practice, we use the word “Unitarian” as a shortcut for “Unitarian Universalist”.
Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. Originally, all Unitarians were Christians who didn't believe in the Holy Trinity of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), but in the unity, or single aspect, of God. Later, Unitarian beliefs stressed the importance of rational thinking, a direct relationship with God, and the humanity (not divinity) of Jesus. Universalism emerged as a Christian denomination with a central belief in universal salvation; that is, that all people will eventually be reconciled with God.
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