Unitarian Spiritual Views
The historic Unitarian affirmation God is One is what gave the movement its name. Today, this stress on divine unity has broadened. Now Unitarians also affirm: Humanity is One, the World is One, the Interdependent Web of Life is One. But while Unitarians may share these affirmations, we do so in an open and liberal spirit. We welcome wisdom from many different world religions as well as philosophy and science. You will find that our community contains people with beliefs whose origins lie in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism, Humanism as well as other spiritual and ethical approaches.
We are a community of people who take our religion, or our spirituality, liberally. That is to say, we hold that all people have the right to believe what their own life-experience tells them is true; what the prompting of their own conscience tells them is right. We say that each person's spiritual or intuitive experience deserves respect; that everyone's deep reflection and reasoning on religious and ethical questions should be taken seriously.
Unitarians form a movement that tries to put these affirmations into practice. All our local congregations offer a setting where people can worship, explore, and share faith together in an atmosphere of freedom and mutual respect.
Our roots lie in the Reformation of 16th-century Europe. At that time Protestant Christians claimed the right to read the Bible in their own languages and to interpret it for themselves.
Some who did so found that it spoke of one God, without qualification. This did not square with the orthodox Christian doctrine of the Trinity, which says that God consists of three "persons". Because these people believed God to be a "unity" rather than a "trinity" they became known as "Unitarians".
Adapted from 'Unitarian? What's That?' by Rev Cliff Reed (Lindsey Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-85319-062-2), available the Unitarian Bookshop.
For a more in-depth description of modern Unitarians, check out the BBC's pages on Unitarianism.
Social Justice: Working Together for a Better World
Our faith compels us to work for a better world. We speak out and take action on issues such as compassion for refugees. We have worked to reduce social isolation of vulnerable people in our neighbourhood. We have long been LGBT affirming, and take part in the Pride festival each year. Our pioneering ministers have led the way in conducting same sex blessings, Civil Partnerships and weddings.