Frequently Asked Questions
What is Unitarianism?
The term, "Unitarian", comes from the idea that God is One. This was the most obvious difference that distinguished the earliest European and North American Unitarians from the Christian churches from which they emerged. In some parts of the world, people and congregations have come to understand that God is One and to call themselves Unitarians without having been trinitarians before. This is a movement that has no central authority for defining its doctrines, so in different congregations in different parts of the world, beliefs and practices differ. As local customs have evolved, many Unitarians today are agnostic or atheist, while some see manifestations of the holy in multiple forms.
What is Universalism?
Universalism is a term used to distinguish early European and North American Universalists from the more traditional Christian churches from which they emerged. In this case, the early Universalists believed that God did not condemn God's created beings to eternal torment in hell, but rather that there would be universal salvation for all people. The idea that God is all-loving remains an important part of Universalist tradition. In some parts of the world, Unitarians and Universalists have come to believe that all religious systems have elements of truth, that religious striving everywhere is toward living in harmony with the same Mystery.
Can I join ICUU?
The ICUU is an organization of national organizations of congregations, so it does not have individual members. If you live in an area where there are congregations, we invite you to get to know them--look for links from this website. If you don't, please be in touch, learn more, and consider eventually starting a group. It is through gathering and sharing with one another that the strength of this religious way becomes known. How can I help? Individuals and families can help the ICUU by becoming members of Friends of the ICUU
How to start a group?
Resources for starting groups are available, in English and Spanish, from the United States through the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship, www.uua.org/clf. Select "small group" resources. The ICUU also responds to inquiries about forming groups.