My understanding is that the Unitarian Universalist Association has no creed, but its name suggests otherwise. As a Unitarian church, are its members expected to deny the Trinity or Jesus' status as the Son of God? The second label, "Universalist," suggests a belief that everybody will eventually go to heaven. Does this imply an expectation that members profess belief in an afterlife?

  • The 'Unitarian' in the name is probably anachronistic or a vestige of earlier organizational belief, as they seem to accept people from all sorts of religious backgrounds, including atheists. Apr 6, 2023 at 20:46

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I have been Trinitarian all my life. The below is for information purposes. The content below is in the public domain. Bold highlights are added for clarity.

The website of the UUA states definitively :-

Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed.

Beliefs and Principles

Most Unitarian Universalist Christians believe in God, but not the traditional God-as-Trinity that most Christian churches promote.

Beliefs and Principles

Many of us live with the assumption that life does not continue after death, and many of us hold it as an open question, wondering if our minds will have any awareness when we are no longer living. Few of us believe in divine judgment after death.

Life and Death

a growing number of Unitarian Universalists weave strands of Islam into their faith today.

Belief and Principles

Some of us practice indigenous religions and Modern Paganism.

Belief and Principles

I think Jesus did die and decompose in the grave like every other human being who has died before, and since. (Andrew James Brown)


  • Thank you. I have read this site before, but my question has more to do with the fact that the words "Unitarian" and "Universalist" imply a creed. Also, I have found nothing online about Trinitarian Unitarians.
    – K Man
    Apr 5, 2023 at 0:35
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    'Trinitarian Unitarian' would be a contradiction in terms. My own impression is that some parties designate themselves by religious terminology but in practice their words indicate that what unites them together into a body - is a rejection of Trinitarian doctrine, not a shared acceptance of a creed of their own.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 5, 2023 at 1:38
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    @NigelJ Since UUs accept all sorts of religious beliefs, I am guessing they would accept a Trinitarian, and that the title 'Unitarian' is anachronistic. Apr 6, 2023 at 20:44

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