The difference between the two movements ran much more along class and cultural lines than theological ones. The Unitarians originally attracted white collar people: professionals, educators, cultural leaders, etc. The Universalist congregations were comprised mostly of blue collar working class people such as farmers and fishermen.
By the middle of the 20th century, these distinctions had blurred, making a merger both possible and financially necessary for the survival of the two religions. After several years of discussion and negotiation during the 1950s, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was formed in 1961.
They believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, respect for the interdependant web of existence, use of the democratic process, justice and equality in human relations,Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations,The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. See liberal
We are NOT a cult.