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Encyclopedia > Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet (UUCJ) is a Unitarian Universalist church, and is home to one of the oldest congregations in Joliet, Illinois. The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. ... Joliet is a city located in both Will and Kendall County, Illinois and is a suburb southwest of Chicago. ...

The congregation originally incorporated as the First Universalist Society of Juliet in 1844; however, Universalists had been meeting in Juliet, as Joliet was then called, as early as 1836. The congregation first built a small, wooden frame meeting house at the corner of Chicago and Clinton Streets. In 1855 the congregation sold the building, which was moved to another location, and built a gothic-style stone church, named St. John's Universalist Church. In 1892 the historic Auditorium Block, uniquely designed for a combination of religious, economic, and civic uses, replaced the perfectly servicable stone church. Following the merger of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations, the church was renamed the Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet, emphasizing the congregation's Universalist roots. The congregation later sold the Auditorium Block; and the church is now located at the corner of Jefferson and Houbolt streets. 1844 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Charles Darwin 1836 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Historic Unitarianism believed in the oneness of God as opposed to traditional Christian belief in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). ... In comparative religion, a universalist religion is one that holds itself true for all people; it thus allows all to join, regardless of ethnicity. ...

See also

The flaming chalice is a widely used symbol for Unitarian Universalism. ...

External links

  • Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet (Official Site)
  • Joliet's Enterprising Universalists (Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society)



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