The students will visit these places of worship and meet middle school students from these traditions.Students who participate in the middle school program will not only expand their knowledge of other faiths, they also gain a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism.
As Mark Harris writes in his pamphlet, “Unitarian Universalist Origins: Our Historic Faith,” people who expressed a belief “in free human will and the loving benevolence of God, eventually became Unitarian.
-- A quick glance at the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: Q: What's the origin of Unitarians and Universalists?
A: Unitarians date from 1568, when some Christians in Transylvania declared that they did not believe in the trinity -- the understanding that three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) are united as one God.
During the first four decades of the nineteenth century, hundreds of congregational churches fought over ideas about sin and salvation, and especially over the doctrine of the Trinity.
In 1819, Unitarian minister William Ellery Channing delivered a sermon called ‘Unitarian Christianity’ and helped to give the Unitarians a strong platform.