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Fast facts about Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Published June 19, 2009 6:00 pm

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Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed, and encompasses many faith traditions. Unitarian Universalists are free to search for truth on many paths, and include people who identify as Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, pagans, atheists, agnostics, humanists and others. The modern Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations was formed in 1961 when two centuries-old faiths -- Unitarians and Universalists, merged to create a stronger liberal religious voice. According to a 2007 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 0.3 percent of U.S. adults (about 340,000) identify themselves as Unitarian Universalist.

Sources: UUA and Pew Forum.

What's coming up

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations gathers in Salt Lake City for its annual General Assembly Wednesday through June 28. Public events include:

» An interfaith event to show support for immigrant families, 5:15 p.m. Friday at the Gallivan Center Outdoor Plaza.

» A "Prom for All" dance for the bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender community, 10 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom. Tickets are available at the Utah Pride Center or from the state's four congregations.

» Sunday morning worship, "Faith in the Borderland: A Journey of Identity, Faith, & Belonging," 9 a.m., Salt Palace Convention Center, Hall E.