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Mindful of truth ever exceeding our knowledge and community ever exceeding our practice, reverently we covenant together, beginning with ourselves as we are... — Walter Royal Jones, Jr., chair of the commission that drafted the 1985 revision of the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes

This workshop examines the character and contributions of the Unitarian thread of our tradition. It considers the history of Unitarianism as a theology, a movement, and an institution, and highlights important people and events before the consolidation with the Universalists.

Before you lead this workshop, review the Accessibility Guidelines for Workshop Presenters in the program Introduction and prepare to accommodate anyone who may be in the group.


This workshop will:

  • Explore the unique identity of Unitarianism through key people and events from its history
  • Trace the history of theological and institutional Unitarianism, highlighting important turning points.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with key events that defined Unitarianism as a theology and an institution
  • Learn about the lives and contributions of some important Unitarians of the past.

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