We’ve been in Westborough since 1724. We, and our Congregationalist friends across the street, are both direct descendents of the First Church in Westborough (pictured below: second Meeting House of the First Church). Today we are a progressive, vibrant congregation of more than 160 adults and children.
The world’s oldest Unitarian churches are in Transylvania (no kidding!), now part of Romania, and date to 1568. The Universalist Church in America was established in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825. They combined to form the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (the UUA) in 1961.
Pictured below left, Francis David (David Ferenc in Hungarian) lived from 1510 to 1579, and founded the Unitarian Churches of Transylvania in 1568. He died in a dungeon, imprisoned because of his religious beliefs. Fausto Sozzini, also called Faustus Socinus (1539-1604), pictured below right, was an Italian who led the Unitarians of Poland and Lithuania. But the Polish and Lithuanian Unitarians (sometimes called Socinians, followers of Socinus) were wiped out in 1660 when they were given the choices of converting to Catholicism, going into exile, or being executed.
Things have changed since then! Please continue on to other pages to learn more about us today.