Unitarian Universalism represents the merger( in 1961) of two groups that shared a common belief in the spiritual potential of individual human beings, and a readiness to question religious dogma. At present there are approximately 1,050 Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships in the United States and Canada, serving some 220,00 Unitarian Universalists.

Unitarianism and Universalism

Of these two streams, the older and more international is Unitarianism. Unitarian beliefs emerged in Central and Eastern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, reappeared in the 18th century in England, and then made their way to the North American colonies, taking root especially in Massachusetts. Unitarians denied the belief in the Holy Trinity shared by Roman Catholics and most Protestant churches. Universalism , on the other hand, became an almost entirely American movement despite its origins in England in the 18th century. The early Universalists affirmed the unlimited (or universal) provision of salvation from sin, denying that such salvation could be conferred by a church authority only.

Brunswick Unitarian Universalist Church

The First Universalist Society of Brunswick, the predecessor of our church, was organized in 1812, and opened its first church building in 1828. There has been a Unitarian presence in Brunswick since 1830. The previous church building, designed by Thomas W. Silloway, an architect and Universalist Minister, was dedicated in 1886 and was destroyed by an electrical fire in 2011. Our new building was completed in spring of 2014.

Affiliated With

Unitarian Universalist Association

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.
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Northern New England District

The Northern New England District (NNED) of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, created by the consolidation of the Northeast District (Maine) and the New Hampshire Vermont District of Unitarian Universalist Societies in July 2008.
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Learn More

  • Unitarian Universalism: You're a Uni-What?

  • Voices of a Liberal Faith - Unitarian Universalists