What Is a Unitarian Universalist?

Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 5:00 am

What Is a Unitarian Universalist?

Thousands of Unitarian Universalists recently descended upon Minneapolis for their General Assembly, an annual event where “UUs” tend to a mix of congregational business, learning, worship, and fun.

On the first evening of festivities, we put several questions to about a dozen attendees:

  1. What’s a Unitarian Universalist, based on your lived experience?
  2. How did you come to this tradition?
  3. Why are you here?

We thought we’d change up our usual, straight-forward approach to video editing for this two-minute segment featured here. We’ll be posting a longer version of this footage next week, including a procession of UUs carrying stunning, hand-crafted banners representing their home congregations — from Bismarck/Mandan, North Dakota to Brooklyn, New York.

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