Unitarian Universalists, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Unitarian Universalists
Unitarian Universalists have only a few hundred thousand members but have had influence on American society far in excess of their numbers. U.S. Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Fillmore and Taft were Unitarians, as were many prominent Americans like Susan B. Anthony, Horace Mann, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau.

Unitarian Universalists believe in the oneness of God rather than in a trinity. They value the ethical precepts of Jesus rather than his spiritual leadership. They believe in a meaning of life here and now on earth.

Unitarian Universalists open their thinking up to all religions and ethical teachings and accept all kinds of people into their church, even atheists. It is the Unitarian Universalist belief that the belief in God is a personal one. Because they do not accept Jesus Christ as “lord and savior,” many other Christian churches do not accept Unitarian Universalists as Christians, though Unitarian Universalists consider themselves Christian because of the inspiration they derive from Christ's ethical teachings.


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