The Christian Universalist Association (CUA) is an ecumenical organization uniting people and churches around the world with a vision of God’s all-inclusive love. The CUA is legally incorporated as a Christian Church in the Commonwealth of Virginia and recognized as such by the United States Government.
The process of forming the Christian Universalist Association began in 2006 by Eric Stetson and Kalen Fristad. Early in 2017 they gathered together a group of thirteen ministers, evangelists, and authors from six different denominations to serve on the founding board. The CUA was officially founded on May 17, 2007 in a leadership meeting at the historic Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington, D.C.
The Christian Universalist Association celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, but our faith tradition has a long and rich history. We see ourselves as picking up the torch carried by the 18th and 19th century Christian Universalist revival in Great Britain and the United States. Unfortunately the revival started to fade toward the end of the 19th century and continued to struggle in the 20th. finally being absorbed into the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). We consider their history to be, for all intents and purposes, our own — and we are reclaiming it today. We also look to the 2nd and 3rd century pre-Roman Christian churches based on the teachings of universalist theologians such as Clement of Alexandria and his protege, Origen, and then a number of later scholars and church leaders like Gregory of Nissa and Macrina the Younger, as an antecedent to our own movement. An organized Christian Universalist community of faith is both an old idea and a new one.
The CUA is active in evangelism and outreach to the public, spreading the Good News of God’s victorious plan of salvation for all people. We educate and ordain ministers, hold conferences, encourage networking and church planting by believers, and create new resources to deepen and reform Christianity and bring people together from various denominations and traditions in a shared discovery of truth.
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