Unitarian Universalism

Universalism developed in the late 20th century affirming the universal truths found in all religions. As such, Universalists follow no creeds or official church pronouncements, but rather look to human reason, conscience, and experience as guides for right living. Universalists reject the attitude that salvation is attainable only through Jesus Christ and membership within the Christian church. One should act as a moral force in the world, as one’s ethical lifestyle is the supreme witness to religious truth.

Important Terms

UU: Shorthand for "Unitarian Universalist"
P&P: Shorthand for "Principles and Purposes," which are those concepts on which Universalism is based.

Important Religious Texts

Most Unitarian Universalist services use the hymnals Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey. Prayers and readings are drawn from a variety of sources, including the Bible, Buddhist sources, Native American writings, and poetry.


Local culture, tradition, and the particular congregation all influence how a Unitarian Universalist service is conducted. Services are usually held on Sunday mornings, not for theological reasons, but for practical reasons of space availability.

Worship, prayer, and practice

The community gathered is the locus of the holy. Unitarian Universalists worship together for the strength gained from the presence and wisdom of being together.

Student Life

Marco Masini
Associate Vice President
Phone: (630) 829-6124
E-mail: mmasini@ben.edu

Carrie Roberts
Director of Campus Ministry
Phone: (630) 829-6028
E-mail: croberts@ben.edu