Our Denomination

Belief in one God may be traced far back into history. During historical times Unitarianism has its roots in the lives of Francis David of Transylvania and Dr. Michael Servetus of Spain. Both died in the 1500's at the hands of men who were religiously intolerant.

Our congregational polity places responsibility for our religion on the shoulders of its members through democratic votes. We have traditionally been 'liberals' with a passion for seeking ways to further the causes of dignity and worth for individuals, with a need to pass ideas through the fires of reason, and a love of discovering the richness in our likenesses and in our differences rather than exposing and holding on to differences in a way which can divide.

As a movement we are nearly 500 years old, part of the Protestant Revolution. The first Unitarian church in North America was started in Philadelphia in 1796, though we can trace longer roots to the church of the pilgrims who settled in Plymouth in 1620. The church they founded is a Unitarian church. The first Unitarian congregation in Canada was in Montreal in the 1830's with Toronto not far behind.

Unitarians and Universalists merged in 1961. The Universalists had long believed in the basic goodness of both people and God. For the two religions, the marriage has brought growth and challenge as together, we work to expand access to dignity and worth in this world.

In 1961, the Canadian Unitarian Council -- Conseil Unitarien du Canada (www.cuc.ca) was formed and is governed by the delegates from its individual congregations.  There are over 50 congregations across Canada with over 5000 members. 

Unitarianism is a small but important faith in the United States.  Some of the founding fathers of America were Unitarians.  The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations  (www.uua.com) is a voluntary association of autonomous, self-governing local churches and fellowships, which have freely chosen to pursue common goals together.

Internationally, Unitairans span the globe.  The International Council of Unitarians and Universalist (www.icuu.net)  is a body devoted fostering connections between Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist groups around the world.

Some famous Unitarian Universalists include:


John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere

Science & Medicine

Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Joseph Priestley

Arts & Humanities

Louisa May Alcott, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Laurence, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Munsch, Beatrix Potter, Christopher Reeves, Henry David Thoreau, Frank Lloyd Wright

Henry David Thoreau


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