American Unitarian Association

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American Unitarian Association
Abbreviation AUA
Formation May 26, 1825
Extinction May 1961 (consolidation with Universalist Church of America to form the Unitarian Universalist Association)
Type religious denomination
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The American Unitarian Association (AUA) was a religious denomination in the United States and Canada, formed by associated Unitarian congregations in 1825. In 1961, it consolidated with the Universalist Church of America to form the Unitarian Universalist Association.[1]

According to Mortimer Rowe, the Secretary (i.e. chief executive) of the British Unitarians for 20 years, the AUA was founded on the same day as the British and Foreign Unitarian Association: "By a happy coincidence, in those days of slow posts, no transatlantic telegraph, telephone or wireless, our American cousins, in complete ignorance as to the details of what was afoot, though moving towards a similar goal, founded the American Unitarian Association on precisely the same day - May 26, 1825."[2]

The AUA's official journal was the Christian Register (1821-1961).


  1. "Timeline of Significant Events in the Merger of the Unitarian and Universalist Churches During the 1900s". Andover-Harvard Theological Library. Harvard Divinity School. Retrieved 1 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. (Rowe 1959, chpt. 3)


  • Rowe, Mortimer, B.A., D.D. The History of Essex Hall. London: Lindsey Press, 1959. Full text reproduced here.