Daily prayer among the UK Unitarian Christians

Matt (Renewed Hope) has noted the Unitarian Christian Association (UK) has a new website at http://www.unitarianchristian.org.uk/

Interestingly, their Autumn Synod (what’s that about I wonder) later this month features the Rev. Andrew Brown presenting A Pattern of Daily Prayer, just published by the UCA. How interesting, though I’m not sure who wrote it or how someone might buy it.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I am somewhat out of the loop when it comes to UCA matters, although I am still in contact with a few members including one of the new leadership team. As far as I know, they held a theological symposium / special meeting early summer time, in which they discussed, remodelled and re-affirmed their Liberal Christian principles. At the time, I think they also decided upon an annual synod.

    A few years back now, there was a bit of a dispute over the direction of the UCA and questioning of the ‘old order’ which had ran the association since its formation – since then there has been quite significant reform and it would seem the UCA – whilst remaining within the broader Unitarian sphere – is becoming a little more assertive, independent and pro-active.

    From what I know, the papers from the symposium will be published on their site in the near future – the recent issues of The Herald also had a number of articles reporting / reflecting on the debates being had within the association – these are also going to be put on the site (again, from what little I know).

    As for the ‘A Pattern of Daily Prayer’, I don’t know anything about this but assume copies – if not placed on the web – will be available from Rev Andrew Brown (his email address is on the new site).

  2. What a shame that this is on the same day as the autumn conference of the Centre for Radical Christianity in Sheffield (http://www.stmarkscrc.co.uk/) that I’m going to.

    Is this reflective of Unitarian Christians (or those connected with the UCA) being out of touch of wider liberal/radical Christianity??

  3. That is a good question. I think historically the UCA, and the broader sphere of Unitarianism, has not kept in touch with liberal/radical Christian thought from outside of their denomination. I often got the impression at UCA meetings that theological debate ended with Alfred Hall – although I think the new leadership are changing this…

    Certainly St Marks is well known amongst Progressive Christian circles – and strangely located near St Thomas’s Church which is also quite significant in that is an emergent-style church with the largest congregations in the region – I am often amazed that these two distinct churches are so close – but it’s probably (at least partly) down to the fact they are both located in areas with a high percentage of students / young professionals.

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