A Unitarian is a person who supports unity, universalism and the one-ness of humanity, the earth and the cosmos. Unitarians have no creed or imposed dogma. Instead, we strive to support all spiritual journeys without judgement. Within community, Unitarians stress individual freedom of belief, reason in religion, and dream of a united world community and social justice.  

The history of Unitarianism prides itself in “Radical Roots” and grew out of the Protestant Reformation in Poland and Transylvania in the 1560’s. Unitarianism in Britain lies in the dissenting Christians of the 17th and 18th centuries who, having read the bible for themselves, began to question some of the orthodox doctrines of the church. Unitarians began to worship God as a Oneness and came to cherish individual conscience as the authority in matters of religion.

Whilst honouring our history, Unitarians today hold that there are as many paths through life as there are people, and we help each other to find our way. We acknowledge our roots within the dissenting Christian tradition, but we learn from many ancient wisdoms, philosophy, science, art and poetry. We strive to offer a wide and inclusive welcome.

Our courses & events

Ministry Training

Unitarian College trains those accepted by the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches for Unitarian Ministry.

Junior Weekend March 2024

Calling on 7-11 year old Heroes to join us the 15th-17th March at The Nightingale Centre at Great Hucklow.


Worship studies course

Lay Worship Leadership Foundation Course

We are currently delivering an online course in conducting high quality Unitarian Worship.


"Unitarian College has opened up a path to Ministry that was previously unavailable for me."
Ministry student

"I feel incredibly supported and valued by Unitarian College."
Ministry student

"The courses are student-centred, thorough and intellectually and spiritually nourishing."
Ministry student

Photo of student Arek Malecki with Rev Jo James minister of Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds"The formation of the Unitarian College has opened up the possibility of ministry training to people like me, who otherwise would not have been able to study due to the confines of the modern life. As a modern institution UC is very much in touch with the reality. The training programme is tailor-made to fit each student’s individual circumstances. The content of the course is incredibly rich, covering a vast spectrum of topics, using various methods of teaching and student engagement. The ministry training programme perfectly balances being “down to earth” on one hand, and “looking up to the heavens” on the other, placing emphasis on the practical application of the acquired skills, knowledge and insights in the 21st century British Unitarian congregations. The staff went above and beyond to ensure that we still get the same rich learning experience under the restrictions posed by Covid.

But UC is much more than just an educational establishment. It’s a support network for those embarking on a journey of professional ministry. It’s a space where we, students, learn just as much from each other as we do from our tutors. It’s a space where new friendships are made and future professional relationships are formed."

Arek Malecki - Ministry student

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