Patheos Watermark

You are running a very outdated version of Internet Explorer. Patheos and most other websites will not display properly on this version. To better enjoy Patheos and your overall web experience, consider upgrading to the current version of Internet Explorer. Find more information HERE.


Sacred Narratives

Today's Unitarian Universalism centers its sacred narratives on the cycle of the seasons and the hope for "onward and upward" progress of both individuals and society.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

Although opinions vary, most contemporary Unitarian Universalists hesitate to speak of an omnipotent, anthropomorphic deity, believing instead that this world is itself imbued with the divine. They honor Jesus as a great teacher and leader, and they accord this status to other religious leaders or founders as well.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

Unitarian Universalists believe in the "inherent dignity and worth of every human person," meaning that every person partakes in the divine essence. The purpose of existence is to live up to the high demands of this self-understanding.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

Unitarian Universalism has no single theology of pain, evil, or suffering, and the religion's liberal optimism creates a focus on the alleviation of suffering rather than illumination of its cause.

Afterlife and Salvation

In keeping with the tradition’s theological diversity, Unitarian Universalists may believe in everything from heaven to reincarnation to the continuation of the dead in the memories of those still living, among other possibilities.