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Torda 450


On January 13, 2018 one of the world’s first statements of religious tolerance will have its 450th anniversary.  In 1563, in the city of Torda, in what is now Romania, a religious gathering presided over by Unitarian King John Sigismund proclaimed:

“In every place the preachers shall preach and explain the Gospel each according to his understanding of it, and if the congregation like it, well. If not, no one shall compel them for their souls would not be satisfied, but they shall be permitted to keep a preacher whose teaching they approve…no one shall be reviled for his religion by anyone… and it is not permitted that anyone should threaten anyone else by imprisonment... For faith is the gift of God..."

Unitarianism was officially recognized for the first time in the history of the world in the "Edict of Torda."  And, that moment is the beginning of our legacy to be a spiritual tradition that resists hatred, oppression, and the narrow view that there is only one way to be faithful, to be religious, to be free.  

Join the Torda450 Celebration through Worship, Theological Reflection, and Pilgrimage.


A black and white photo of a sunbeam cutting through the chancel of the Stavropoleos Monastery (Bucharest, Romania)

The 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda will take place on January 13, 2018.  And UU congregations around the world will be celebrating the Anniversary with special worship services—hopefully your congregation will be one of them!

Theological Reflection

Hungarian Unitarian Church symbol

Connect online, in a small group, or individually.  Each month you'll find a specific opportunity to engage!

Travel and Pilgrimage

Dávid Ferenc memorial sculpture

Torda450 Will Be Celebrated in Both Romania and the United States throughout 2018.

Torda450 Celebrations Map

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Torda450 celebrations will be happening in the United States and Romania throughout 2018. 

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