About Unitarian Universalism
Who We Are
The formation of the American character, culture and political life was influenced by such Unitarians and Universalists as: Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Paine, Ethan Allen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Joseph Priestley.
Unitarian Universalism has been in the forefront of the struggle for human rights throughout our history. Theodore Parker's harboring of fugitive slaves and support of the abolitionist movement, leaders in the women's rights movement, including Margaret Fuller and Susan B. Anthony, and civil rights leaders such as Whitney Young and James Reeb exemplify our struggle.
The first woman ordained by any denomination was Olympia Brown, a Universalist. Today, UU has a significant number of women serving as senior pastors of major churches. For over 25 years, Unitarian Universalism has also been in the forefront of the battle for gay rights, ordaining openly gay ministers and celebrating gay unions.
If you are new to UUism, you will find many answers to your questions at the Unitarian Universalist Association website. The links below provide access to some useful information there.