Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists Around the World
If you are a UU in North America hoping to visit any of the communities below, please start by reading our advice on connecting with Unitarian, Universalist, and UU groups around the world.
Tierre del Fuego: Paz y Armonia (Peace and Harmony)
Australia and New Zealand
Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin
New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Blenheim
ANZUUA is affiliated with the ICUU and IARF.
Canadian Unitarian Council/Conseil Unitarien du Canada (CUC)
The CUC (1961) is the national association of Unitarian and Universalist societies in Canada. The CUC is an organization of Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist member congregations and individual members acting to enhance, nurture, and promote Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist religion in Canada. The CUC provides tangible support for religious exploration, spiritual growth, and social responsibility. It represents our faith in the larger social and religious environments. The CUC is affiliated with the ICUU, the UUA, the British General Assembly, and the IARF.
344 DuPont St., Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1V9
Phone: (416) 489-4121
info [at] cuc [dot] ca
Assemblée des Chrétiens Unitariens du Congo (ACUC)
A Unitarian Church meeting in Congo (Brazzaville).
Alain. P. Yengué, President
yengapat [at] yahoo [dot] fr
Unitarian Universalists are re-organizing in Cuba. For more information, please contact the UUA International office at international [at] uua [dot] org
The Religious Society of Czech Unitarians
The RSCU was founded on June 30, 1930 and recognized by the government on the same day. The founder and first minister, Rev. Norber F. Capek, died as a martyr in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942. Dr. Capek, writer, lecturer, and composer of over 200 Unitarian hymns, may also be known to many Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Churches all over the world. The flaming chalice is also f Czech Unitarian origin. The RSCU is a member of the IARF and a founding member of the ICUU and has a long-standing relationship with the UUA. Previous to the Second World War, the Prague congregation was the largest Unitarian congregation in the world. Currently the Prague congregation has about 450 members. Brno, Plzen and Liberec also have Unitarian congregations.
Kristyna Ledererova Kolajova
The Religious Society of Czech Unitarians
110 00 Praha 1
Phone: 420-222 221 049
unitaria [at] unitaria [dot] cz
Unitarian Church of Denmark
Unitarisk Kirkesamfund is the Danish Unitarian Church founded by Rev Uffe Birkedal in 1900. Since 1966 the organization has operated as a fellowship with lay leadership for a congregation that currently claims 80 members. The church is a founding member of both ICUU and the IARF. Being the only Unitarian church in Denmark, the theology is as broad as possible. Celebrations include solstices, equinoxes, and Christmas Eve. Unitaren is a bi-monthly periodical published by the church.
Lene Shoemaker, Vice President
30 Dag Hammarskjölds Alle
Copenhagen 2100 OE
Phone: +45 35 26 17 71
post [at] unitarisme [dot] dk
European Unitarian Universalists (EUU)
The European Unitarian Universalists (EUU), founded in 1981, is a support network and community for Unitarian Universalists in Europe. About half of the over two hundred EUU members belong to local lay led fellowships, which share resources and programs, including religious education. Fellowships are located in Belgium, the Netherlands, Paris, Germany (Kaiserslautern), as well as Basel and Geneva, Switzerland. The EUU helps its members establish new fellowships and fosters contact between Unitarian Universalist and other liberal religious groups. It publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Unifier, and sponsors twice yearly retreats in various locations. The Paris Fellowship and Brussels Fellowship are member congregation of the UUA. The EUU is a founding member of ICUU.
Carolyn Burlingame-Goff, President
President [at] europeanuu [dot] org
Unitarian Universalist Society of Finland
The twenty-two members of the UU Society of Finland meet once a month in Helsinki and are affiliated with the ICUU and IARF.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Paris
Meeting at La Maison Verte
127-129 Marcadet, 75018 Paris.
contact [at] uuparis [dot] com
Unitarier - Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens (Unitarians - Religious community of free faith)
Deutsche Unitarier Religiongemeinschaft is a lay-led community of about 1100 members and 500 "friends" organized in 23 congregations and a cooperative but independent youth fellowship (Bund Deutsch-Unitrischer Jugend). Both are organized according to democratic principles. The community descends from the Free Protestants, a private association in the Palatinate founded in 1876, and legally changed its name in 1950 to Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemenschaft (German Unitarians). The movement considers the religiousness of every person to be derived from one's autonomy and capability of fulfilling one's life in a meaningful and responsible way. It tends toward scientific and philosophical humanism while acknowledging other faith traditions as well. Within this framework, the members recognize the liberty of shaping and developing their individual beliefs, and they agree on a number of (democratically resolved) basic ideas about religion, belief, human beings, life, and living together. The community runs a medium-sized conference center at Klingberg near Hamburg and publishes a bimonthly newsletter, Unitarische Blatter fur ganzheitliche Kultur. Affiliated with the ICUU and IARF.
Unitarier - Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens
Ms. Heike Asmus
Koelnische Str. 68
info [at] unitarier [dot] de
Berlin Unitarian/Free Religious Church (Germany)
An independent Unitarian Church in Berlin, Germany, affiliated with the IARF.
Free Unitarian Fellowship, Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany)
An independent Unitarian congregation in Frankfurt-am-Main, affiliated with the IARF.
General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (UK)
There are 184 member congregations of the General Assembly in Great Britain. A sister church, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland, has 33 congregations, mainly in Ulster. Total members of Unitarian congregations in Great Britain is roughly 3000. The GA is affiliated with the ICUU and the IARF.
Derek McAuley, Chief Officer
Essex Hall, 1-6 Essex Street
London WC2R 3HY
Phone: 44 20 7240 2384
ga [at] unitarian [dot] org [dot] uk
Unitarian Universalists Hong Kong
Unitarian Universalists Hong Kong is the first Unitarian Universalist society in Hong Kong. They are translating UU materials into Chinese language and they meet biweekly on Fridays.
To Kwa Wan PO Box 87266
uuhongkong [at] gmail [dot] com
Magyar Unitárius Egyház (Hungarian Unitarian Church)
In 2012 a formal "re-unification" of Unitarian churches in Hungary and Transylvania (Romania) took place. The congregations in Hungary make up a District of the re-established Hungarian Unitarian Church which is headquartered in Kolozsvar, Transylvania (Romania)—see below. The HUC is affiliated with the ICUU and the IARF.
The Unitarian Union of Northeast India (UUNEI)
The Unitarian Union of Northeast India is located in the Khasi Hills where there re 35 Unitarian congregations and 8 Unitarian Fellowships with a total membership of approximately 9,900 members. These Unitarian congregations provide the leadership and educators for 25 Unitarian schools n the state of Meghalaya. The UUNEI publishes a monthly magazine in the Khasi dialect entitled U Nongwad. The Unitarian movement in the Khasi Hills was started on September 18, 1887 by Hajom Kissor Sing. The UUNEI is affiliated with the ICUU and the IARF.
Rev. Nangroi Suting, General Secretary of the Unitarian Union Office
Unitarian Church Campus, Iawmusiang
nsuting [at] gmail [dot] com
Unitarian Christian Church of Madras
The Madras (Chennai) Unitarian Church was founded in 1795 by William Robert, who had been taken from India to England as a slave. While in England, Roberts learned about the Unitarian faith. Upon the death of his master, Roberts returned to Madras to start a new church which continues to this day. The church provides education and religious services to a devoted community. The congregation's membership is composed of 220 adults and 80 children. Services are held at Puraswalkam, Madras-600 007, and convene from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sundays with Sunday classes offered 11 a.m. to noon. The congregation is affiliated with the ICUU and the IARF.
Rev. G. Harrison Kingsley
No. 16, Azizmulk 4th Street
Madras 600006, Chennai
kingslyprabhu [at] yahoo [dot] com
Unitarian Christian Church of Indonesia Facebook
Founded in 2000, there are approximately 200 people in 4 churches (Semarang, Jakarta, Solo and Sukorejo-Pasuruan) and 3 Mission Areas/Fellowships (Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Klaten).
Rev. Aryanto Nugroho
ary [dot] nugroho [at] yahoo [dot] com
The Comunione Unitariana Italiana is a Provisional member of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU). There membership includes approximately 25 adults and young people served by two local groups and 3 religious leaders. Contact: Ian James McCarthy – ianmcca [at] alice [dot] it
Dojin Christian Church—(Universalist)
A Japanese Universalist Church in Tokyo.
Hiroshi Kokado, Chair
Rev. Kiyohiko Tsuchida, Minister
3-10-9 Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku
Phone: 81 3 3943 1879
spxz5tx9 [at] basil [dot] ocn [dot] ne [dot] jp
Japan Free Christian Church—(Universalist)
A Japanese Universalist Church in Tokyo.
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0031
Phone: 81 3 3466 8366
Unitarian Fellowship of Tokyo
An English-speaking Unitarian gathering in Tokyo. Meets every second Sunday of the month from September through June at International House.
Margaret (Peggy) Kanada, Chair
International House 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
unitarianfellowshipoftokyo [at] gmail [dot] com
Unitarian Friends Circle
Yoshitsugu J. Konno
Phone: 0424 76 5927
kon-uni [at] air [dot] linkclub [dot] or [dot] jp
Unitarian Contact in Japan
Dr. Gene Reeves, Special Minister
International Buddhist Congregation
201 Taiyoso, 1-17-4 Wada, Suginami-ku
Phone: 81 3 3383 6831
reeves [at] gol [dot] com
Unitarian Universalist Church (Kenya) ( formerly KUUC)
The UUC(K) is a recently formed umbrella group of independent congregations in Nairobi, Kitengela, Ruiru, Eastland Kayole, GIthunguri, Naro Moru, Mt. Kenya, Manga and Kiii. The KUUC has a variety of outreach ministries, and includes Women's Groups and Youth Groups.
A Community Capacity Building Workshop (PDF, 34 pages) took place with the UUC(K) in May, 2012.
Contact Ben Macharia, Chair – benmacharia [at] yahoo [dot] com
Libre Congregación Unitaria de México
An Emerging church holding regular public worship services since February 2006.
Francisco Javier Lagunes Gaitan
unitarius [at] gmail [dot] com
UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende
Founded in 1987 by a small group of expatriate religious liberals, this fellowship meets each Sunday in the atrium sala of La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15.
Lake Chapala UU Fellowship
An English-language service is held every Sunday at 10:30 at Hidalgo #261, Riberas del Pilar, Chapala. This is across from the Catholic church.
info [at] LakeChapalaUU [dot] org
Bishop Adeniran Adedeji Isola's liberal religious outlook led to his break with the Anglican Church of Nigeria in 1915, and to the founding of what would become the Unitarian Brotherhood Church (Ijo Isokan Gbogbo Eda) in Lagos in 1917. This congregation offers Nigerians a religion that is based upon liberal Christianity but which is also welcoming to traditional and cultural practices. In 1994 another congregation, First Unitarian Church of Nigeria, was founded in a different section of Lagos. Affiliations exist with ICUU and IARF.
Mr. Olufemi Matimoju
The Unitarian Brotherhood Church & First Unitarian Church
25A Bankole Street
femmati [at] yahoo [dot] com
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP)
Through the deep-seated need to have religious education materials for his congregations in Negros Occidental, Rev. Toribio S. Quimada, Lay Minister of the Iglesia Universal de Cristo, acquired books through the Universalist Church in America. A self-educated Pentecostal minister and traditional farmer, Rev. Quimada preached that God is love and because of that love salvation is a gift to all. He defended his faith to the point of his excommunication. He requested the UCA to send missionaries to The Philippines to proclaim his newly-found faith and plant churches. Instead of sending missionaries over, the UCA provided moral support to Rev. Quimada in founding the Universalist Church of the Philippines, on April 25, 1955. In 1995, it became the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines, duly recognized by the Philippine Government. UU churches are widely distributed in Negros Island and there are new congregations in Bicutan and Manilla. Affiliations exist with the ICUU and the IARF.
Rev. Tet Gallardo, President
065 Rovira Road, Bantayan
6200 Dumaguete City Negros Oriental
uucphil [at] gmail [dot] com
Though Poland was the home of early Unitarians—followers of Faustus Socinus—and some Unitarian Universalist activity has taken place there in the late 20th C, there is no formal institutional structure according to the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU).
Magyar Unitárius Egyház (Hungarian Unitarian Church)
The Hungarian Unitarian Church traces its ancestry to 16th-century Transylvania and is the product of the Radical Reformation. Under the spiritual influence of Francis David, the founder of Transylvanian Unitarianism, the Diet of Torda proclaimed a law of toleration and freedom of conscience in 1568. Presently the number of Unitarian congregations with settled ministers is approximately 150, and the total membership is over 80,000 individuals. The Hungarian Unitarian Church has a three-level structure: congregations, six districts, and headquarters. Training for the ministry is carried out at the Unitarian Faculty of the Protestant Theological Institute. The Church publishes two periodicals: Kereszteny Magveto (Christian Sower) and Unitarius Kozlony (Unitarian Herald).
In 2012 a formal "re-unification" of Unitarian churches in Hungary and Transylvania (Romania) took place. The congregations in Hungary make up a District of the re-established Hungarian Unitarian Church which is headquartered in Kolozsvar, Transylvania (Romania). Affiliations exist with the ICUU and the IARF.
Rev. Bálint Benczédi Ferenc, Bishop
Bd. 21 Decembrie Nr. 9
ekt [at] unitarius [dot] org
UU Singapore: A Unitarian Universalist Community
An English-language based UU community meeting most Sunday mornings at 10:30am in the homes of congregational members.
South African Unitarian Association
The South African Unitarian Association has been formed in order to expand the presence of Unitarianism in South Africa. Each of the congregations in the country are represented in this group.
Unitarianism was first established in South Africa in 1867 by a Dutch reformed minister, David Faure. The founding congregation has become the Cape Town Unitarian Church located in a historic building in the central city. This congregation has a minister, the Rev. Dave Clements, and meets every Sunday at 10:30am. The website which includes information the church about other area Fellowships is found at http://www.capetownunitarian.org.za/.
There are also Fellowships in Durban and Johannesburg. Information about these groups is found at http://www.unitarian.co.za.
Affiliations exist with the ICUU and the IARF.
Though some Unitarian Universalist activity has taken place in Sri Lanka there is no formal institutional structure according to the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU).
The Geneva Unitarian Universalists in Geneva, Switzerland have been meeting for over 20 years. The group attracts a diverse membership: anglophone ex-patriots, permanent residents, Swiss, and visitors of different nationalities, ethnicities, belief systems—- long-time UUs as well as curious newcomers to the denomination. They meet usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month, at 4pm in the Quaker House, 13 Avenue du Mervelet, Petit Saconnex. It is a lay-led fellowship affiliated with the European Unitarian Universalists and programs are conducted in English. They offer two types of service. On some months the focus is on seasonal observances drawn from various religious traditions. These are joint services with adults and children meeting together. On other Sundays they examine UU themes, using various UU series as a framework. For these services a concurrent youth service is offered for children three years and older. Younger children are welcome with an accompanying adult.
President [at] genevauu [dot] org (Email the President of the Fellowship)
The Unitarian Universalists of Basel is a newly emerging group of people from the region of Basel, Switzerland, who come together to support one another in the search for spiritual truth and meaning.
Members of this community travel from as far as Zurich, Bern, and Mulhouse and gather one Sunday per month for a worship service, currently in the Lohnhof near Barfusserplatz in Basel.
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Uganda—formed in 2004—consists of a church in Kampala, a Fellowship near Masaka, and various Human Rights and Educational ministries.
A Community Capacity Building Workshop (PDF, 34 pages) was held in Masaka in 2010.