History of Unitarian Universalism

Although Unitarian Universalism in Canada is predominately a secular movement, the Unitarian and Universalist traditions were originally god-centered faiths in the first centuries, tracing their origins back to such thinkers as Origen and Arius, both from 200 AD.  They did not adhere to the concepts of the divinity of Jesus or of the Trinity.

These ideas resurfaced in Europe in the 1500's at the time of the Reformation, and the Unitarian Church was formed.  In Canada and the United States, it arose out of an eighteenth-century protest against Calvanism and state churches.

Universalism holds as its central tenet that humans are born in grace, not sin, and believes in the eventual salvation of all souls.

The first Canadian Unitarian services were held in Montreal in 1832.  Universalism was brought to Canada in the early 1800's.  The two denominations merged in 1961.

Unitarian Universalism has evolved considerably, particularly in North America, where it now welcomes people of any faith or secular persuasion who are committed to Unitarian Universalist Principles.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops was founded in 1994.

 


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