What is Unitarianism?

Various groups of religious dissenters originating on the left wing of the Protestant Reformation in 16th century Europe were labelled ‘Unitarian’ for their arguments with the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. Here in Great Britain the word ‘Unitarian’ has evolved from those earliest Dissenter definitions to include a much broader approach to inclusive religious community.

The modern-day Unitarian approach to religion seeks to honour not only our original roots in Judeo-Christian tradition, but also all that is worthy and wise in the other great religious traditions of the world East and West, and also the wisdom of Humanistic philosophy. We make bold to say that our Unitarian community is based on affinity of Spirit rather than conformity of belief. Thus, you will find within our Unitarian congregation a wide spectrum of religious philosophies.

There are clearly shared values that inspire such a community. We hold freedom, reason, tolerance and the imperative of ethical love and service as core to the Unitarian approach to religion. We reject the notion of doctrinal tests or fixed Creedal statements as measures of our membership in the Unitarian community. All who share our values are welcomed into our circle, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. We say to all: you are invited to come as you are, join us the open dialogue of religious searching, and find here a community that will help you grow into the person you hope someday to become!

If you would like to know more about the history of Unitarianism and our chapel then you can download a fuller explanation here