About the UUA

The Franklin Fellowship is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, an affiliation of more than 1000 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The name of our denomination reflects the joining of two religious associations: the Universalist Church of America, formed in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association, organized in 1825. The two groups merged in 1961 to form UUA.

The two denominations brought separate belief systems to their consolidation. Both, however, emerged as reform movements within the Jewish and Christian traditions. Unitarians believed in the oneness of God and all creation. Universalists believed in salvation for all. Both of these early doctrines were considered heresies by the early Christian church. In the 19th century, however, these reform movements began to flourish in America.

Today, there are more than 200,000 professed Unitarian Universalists in the United States. Lacking dogma or creed, we are theologically diverse but deeply committed to the ethical principles of democracy, justice and equality. Worshipping in community, we seek to provide a supportive atmosphere within which individuals may pursue their own religious pilgrimage.