Denominational Connections

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Who (or what) is the Unitarian Universalist Association? (UUA)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. Our congregations and faith communities promote these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice action and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.

Our faith tradition is diverse and inclusive. We grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They joined to become the UUA in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of all beliefs who share UU values: atheists, Jews, Buddhists, Christians , atheists, agnostics, humanists and everything in between.

Each UU congregation is democratic—congregational leaders set their own priorities and choose their own ministers and staff. Congregations vote for the leaders of the UUA, who oversee the central staff and resources. The UUA supports congregations in their work by training ministers, publishing books and the UU World magazine, providing religious education curricula, offering shared services, coordinating social justice activities, and more. For more information about denominational activities, check out the UUA's (new!) website. 

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Contact Information for the UUA

If you know which office or staff person you are trying to reach, please see our staff directory or call (617) 742-2100. For answers to general questions about Unitarian Universalism and the UUA, email or call (617) 948-4652.

The UUA’s headquarters and mailing address is 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1409. Please include the name of the UUA office or staff person you are trying to reach.

The West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church is also part of a region/district. The larger region is called CERG (Central East Regional Group). The particular District in which we are located is the Ohio Meadville District.