United Kingdom

General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

Status: 
Full Member
Members: 
3 400
Founded: 
Proto Unitarians date as far back as 15th century. The first Unitarian place of worship was Essex Church in London on the site of the present headquarters. The inaugural service took place there in 1774. The British and Foreign Unitarian Association was founded in 1825. The General Assembly, its successor, was established in 1928.
Congregations: 

There are 170 member congregations and fellowships. 144 are in England, 21 in Wales (many of them Welsh-speaking), 1 on the Isle of Man, 1 on the Isle of Wight and 4 in Scotland. There are also a number of new and unrecognised groups.

Group Notes: 
Unitarians today recognize that each person has the right and responsibility to think for him or herself on religious matters. They recognize that religious understanding may properly be gleaned from diverse sources - science, the arts, the exercise of human reason and reflection upon personal experience, as well as from scriptures of the world faith traditions. British Unitarians stress the value of congregational life, both as support in one's personal spiritual journey and as a beacon of liberal religious values and social action in the local community. Many Unitarians in Britain find the focus of their faith in the liberal Christian tradition while others adopt religious humanist, theist or other standpoints. Unitarians have a tradition of tolerance toward those of differing belief and have been at the forefront of interfaith dialogue and in promoting religious freedom. British Unitarians supported the development of Unitarianism in many parts of the world and were the initiators of early discussions that led to the founding of the ICUU.
Group Contact: 
Derek McAuley, Chief Officer Essex Hall, 1-6 Essex Street London, WC2R 3HY Great Britain phone: (+44) 020 7240 2384 Fax: (+44) 020 7240 3089
Group Email: 
dmcauley@unitarian.org.uk
Group Website: 
unitarian.org.uk