I came across this brief and well written summary of UU written by a 10th grader. I don’t know how adult unitarians would critque it, but it is not far off the mark as I understand UU.
The thing so interesting about the history of UU is how it unselfconsiouly changes as society’s mores change. It does not do what branches of orthodox Christianity do, steadfastly declare they never change while constantly changing.
While I’ve found folks in UU churches who believe in a literal god, they also refuse to say it is the only correct concept of the god. I’ve also met folks who are members of mainline Christian churches who say they enjoy the church experience but don’t believe a word of its theology.
The little niche of church going people, Unitarians, seem to be doing well. They fit perfectly the contemporary thinking of a spiritual life which remains undefined. While this kind of thinking is today’s Unitiariansim, the denomenation itself started out as a believing church. The story of its growth out of beleif is a metaphore for much of spiritual thought in both Europe and, increasingly, the U. S.
I’ve read it is increasingly unpopular for preists/preachers to launch into sermons about sin and hell. If this is the case, it represents the utimate David and Goliath story. That is, it means the tiny Unitarian church has imposed its will on the great denominations, instead of the other way around.
Perhaps Unitarian Universalism will become universal.