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Chronologies & Timelines
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CHRONOLOGY AND TIMELINES

This chronology is an ongoing project of the Unitarian Universalist Religious Education History Group. Because the history of Unitarian and Universalist religious education has roots in early European Christian history and in the history of the old Standing Order of American churches and evolved from very early ways of teaching, some entries are included before the first American congregations began to identify themselves as Unitarian or Universalist during the second half of the 18th century. Among the current member churches of the American Unitarian Universalist Association are many of the oldest churches in the United States, including the First Parish of Plymouth who separated from the Church of England in 1606 and founded the Plymouth Colony in 1620.

The American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America formally consolidated into the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961 but began to collaborate on religious education projects in the early 1900s, becoming more similar. Entries will be made where there was evidence of that collaboration. This chronology will identify entries as Unitarian or Universalist in the early period, though placing them in one listing.

Both faith groups have a liberal Christian heritage with varieties of unitarian and universalist theologies. Both also have valued Biblical criticism and sources from the world's religions, science, the humanist tradition, and earth-centered traditions with many examples of these sources in the educational literature of their long history. Some notations will help the reader identify the influence of such traditions in Sunday school events and literature.

The Chronology itself is largely based on the extensive work done by Frank Robertson, a co-founder and first President of the UU RE History Group. His notations, as well as those of other members and contributions from the broader UU community, will be added to this site over time.

Chronology Notes Timeline:
This time line gives notes on various events and developments. This table will increase over time as notations from the chronologies of Frank Robertson and others are integrated into a sortable format.

Sunday School Timelines:
This time line gives the dates of the establishment of Sunday Schools and Sabbath Day Schools by congregation. Please let us know the date and other establishing information for your congregation.

Chronology Notes Timeline

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Sunday School Timelines

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