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Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the merger of two different religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago. In America, the Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. In 1961, these denominations merged to form a new religion, Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. Originally, all Unitarians were Christians who didn't believe in the Holy Trinity of God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), but in the unity, or single aspect, of God. Later, Unitarian beliefs stressed the importance of rational thinking, a direct relationship with God, and the humanity of Jesus. Universalism emerged as a Christian denomination with a central belief in universal salvation; that is, that all people will eventually be reconciled with God.

Since the merger of the two denominations in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has nurtured its Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.

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First, Second, and Third Universalist Church of Philadelphia Collection

Collection Inventory:
1 First Universalist Church minute book, 1810-1812
2 First Universalist Church minute book and account book, 1812-1813; 1827-1829
3 First Universalist Church minute book, 1820-1842
4 First Universalist Church minute book, 1860-1876
5 First Universalist Church minute book, 1876-1893
6 First Universalist Church minute book of the vestry, 1841-1860
7 First Universalist Church minute book of the vestry, 1818-1840
8 First Universalist Church ledger, with deeds and documents, 1812-1844; 1833-1865
9 First Universalist Church ledger, 1865-1869
10 First Universalist Church ledger, 1866-1896
11 First Universalist Church treasurer's book, 1816-1896
12 First Universalist Church account book, 1866-1870
13 First Universalist Church receipt book, 1869-1887
14 First Universalist Church Young People's Association minute book, 1872-1875
15 First Universalist Church Young People's Association minute book, 1875-1879
16 First Universalist Church pew committee account book, 1846-1856
17 First Universalist Church pew committee account book and accounts and receipts of interest and ground rents, 1857-1862
18 First Universalist Church accounts of the secretary and pew committee, 1862-1872
19 First Universalist Church pew committee account book, 1872-1893
20 First Universalist Church pew book, 1819-1825
21 First Universalist Church pew book and miscellaneous items, 1830-1889; 1870-1875
22 First Universalist Church pew book, 1837-1847
23 First Universalist Church pew book, 1848-1860
24 First Universalist Church pew book, 1861-1869
25 First Universalist Church Sunday School Association minute book, 1840-1857
26 First Universalist Church Sunday School Association minute book, 1858-1869
27 First Universalist Church Sunday School Association minute book, 1870-1874
28 First Universalist Church Sunday School Association treasurer's account book, 1872-1878
29 First Universalist Church records of Sunday School, 1840-1857
30 First Universalist Church Sunday School minute book, 1858-1861
31 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1865
32 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1866
33 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1867
34 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1868
35 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1869
36 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1872-1874
37 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1874-1875
38 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1876-1877
39 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1879
40 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1880
41 First Universalist Church Sunday School attendance book, 1881
42 First Universalist Church Penny Aid Society membership book, 1865-1866
43 First Universalist Church Penny Aid Society minute book, 1866-1870
44 First Universalist Church treasurer's account book of Lombard Street Sunday School, 1840-1872
45 First Universalist Church account book of the Marsh Fund, 1859-1870
46 Second Universalist Church minute book, 1820-1854 - pages 51-60, pages 61-70, pages 71-80, pages 81-90, pages 91-100, pages 101-110, pages 111-120, pages 121-130, pages 131-140, pages 141-150 , pages 151-160, pages 161-170, pages 171-180, pages 181-190, pages 191-200, pages 201-210, pages 211-220, pages 221-230, pages 231-240, pages 241-250
47 Second Universalist Church minute book, 1854-1882
48 Second Universalist Church minute book, 1883-1892
49 Second Universalist Church secretary's book of Sunday School Association, 1844-1867
50 Second Universalist Church "Notations from records, 1793-1847", 1945
51 Second Universalist Church "Notations from records, 1847-1925”, 1945
52 Third Universalist Church constitution and member list, 1840; 1855
53 Third Universalist Church minute and account book, 1840-1841
54 Third Universalist Church minute book, 1840-1852
55 Third Universalist Church ledger, 1846-1855
56 Universalist Missionary Society of the Philadelphia Union minute book, 1852-1879
57 Universalist Missionary Society of the Philadelphia Union account and membership book, 1862-1884
58 Universalist Sabbath School Union of Philadelphia minute book, 1864-1873
59 Church of the Restoration minute book, 1892-1906
60 Church of the Restoration minute book, 1906-1920

Box 1:
First Universalist Church pew certificates, 1837-1881
First Universalist Church Ladies Sewing Circle minute book, 1864-1868
First Universalist Church Ladies Sewing Circle treasurer's book, no. 1, 1854-1861
First Universalist Church Ladies Sewing Circle treasurer's book, no. 2, 1861-1868
First Universalist Church Mission Chapel and Sunday School committee minute book, 1873-1874
First Universalist Church Ladies Sewing Circle volunteer aid treasurer's book, 1861
Fernwood Cemetery papers, 1890-1934
First Universalist Church Ladies Sewing Circle/Aid papers, 1861-1871

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