Universalism: History, Theology, and Practice

In many congregations, Universalism seems to be the unknown half of UU denominational heritage. This course will help contemporary Unitarian-Universalists better understand the history of their Universalist ancestors and discern how Universalism lives on within and beyond the combined denomination; for non-UUs, the course will introduce important theological perspectives that are often marginalized at other seminaries, some of which have a major role in current religious debates. We will discuss early Christian Universalism, Universalist ideas among the Unitarians, the creation and history of the Universalist Church of America, Universalist themes within other major religions, and much more. The focus will be on historical development, theological issues, and shared praxis. Students will read widely from important primary sources, as well as being introduced to major secondary resources.
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