Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft
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|Formation||1876 in Rheinhessen|
|Affiliations||International Council of Unitarians and Universalists|
Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft ("German Unitarian Religious Community") was founded in 1876 in Germany's Rheinhessen region under the name Religionsgemeinschaft Freier Protestanten ("Religious Community of Free Protestants").
In 1911 their newspaper took on the subtitle "Deutsch-Unitarische Blätter" ("German Unitarian Gazette") because leader Rudolf Walbaum wanted to connect to American Unitarians. By 1977, the group was led by Friedrich Ehrlicher who was a former nazi. In 1989, an extremely rightist group led by Sigrid Hunke left and founded "Bund Deutscher Unitarier, Religionsgemeinschaft europäischen Geistes".
The name, Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft, was adopted in 1950. In 2015 the community was renamed Unitarier - Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens ("Unitarians - Religious Community of Free Faith").
Most members lean towards scientific and philosophical humanism, but there is recognition of the merit of other faith traditions.
Congregations are lay-led. It is the only Unitarian group in Germany to belong to the ICUU.
Gunde Hartmann,Ed. (2000) "Was glauben Sie eigentlich?" Hamburg/Ravensberg: Verlag Deutsche Unitarier
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