Not really–the movement is about 500 years old. But even long before then, many people took a Unitarian Universalist approach to life.
Contemporary UUs feel connected to all the people who ever preferred a religion marked by freedom, reason and acceptance, along with faith, hope and love.
Their forebears were martyrs who struggled for religious freedom, ministers who preached that no one is damned to hell or outside the reach of divine love, thinkers who taught that no spiritual tradition has a monopoly on wisdom, and activists who focused their attention on bettering this world, rather than placing their hope in an afterlife.
UUs stand in a grand and glorious perennial stream of faith, always flowing toward freedom, justice, and love of the world.
[A modified version of this article was published in Red Rock News on May 6, 2022, under the title “Roots of Unitarianism are 500 years old”]