Unitarian Universalism is part of a liberal religious tradition that sprung from two religious movements: Unitarianism and Universalism. Unitarians did not believe in the Trinity, instead they believed that God was one being and Jesus was a great teacher and prophet, but not God himself. Unitarians were known for their desire for reason and logic. Universalists believed in Universal Salvation. They felt God did not discriminate and loved all her children equally. While both movements sprang from Christianity, they were not typical Christian denominations due to their beliefs. Over time both denominations drifted farther away from Christianity and eventually realized they had more in common than not and decided to merge in 1961 to become Unitarian Universalism.
In present day, Unitarian Universalists have diverse belief systems that range from Christian to Wiccan, Agnostic to Atheist, Pantheism to Humanism, and more. Often Unitarian Universalists will combine facets of several traditions into their own belief system. What guides us as a denomination is our Seven Principles and Six Sources. We celebrate diversity, believe in justice and equality, and respect the interdependent web of all existence.
We are a faith called to Social Justice work. Historically, members of our faith were leaders in the founding of our country, were active participants in the abolitionist movement, were prominent activists in the Suffrage Movement, and marched with Martin Luther King Jr. Our Standing on the Side of Love movement is a perfect example of how members of our faith involve themselves in today's struggles for peace, justice, and equality.
Simply, Unitarian Universalism is an inclusive faith where love is our guiding force.