The beginnings of Unitarian Universalism go back to 16th-century pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania (now Romania). Our liberal religious tradition formed from the consolidation of Unitarianism and Universalism, both of which came from Jewish-Christian roots. To understand the unique theological contributions of each, click here. In America, Unitarians and Universalists had roots going back to early Massachusetts settlers and to founders of the Republic. (The Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793, and the American Unitarian Association in 1825.) The two consolidated in 1961, forming the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).