Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Faith Like a River: A Program on Unitarian Universalist History for Adults


Universalists are often asked to tell where they stand. The only true answer to give to this question is that we do not stand at all, we move. — L. B. Fisher, A Brief History of the Universalist Church for Young People (1904)

This workshop examines the character and contributions of Universalism, both as part of our faith tradition and as an influence in the wider society. It considers the history of Universalism as an institution, and highlights important people and events that shaped its path before consolidation with the Unitarians.

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 Universalism through key people and events from its history
  • Trace the theological and institutional history of Universalism
  • Examine some social contributions of Universalist individuals and of the denomination.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the key events that defined Universalism as a theology and an institution
  • Learn about the lives and contributions of some important Unversalists of the past
  • Understand the impact of Universalism on society and religion in North America.