Tour – Unitarian Beginnings and Heritage in Poland

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Date(s) - 27/07/2019 - 01/08/2019
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Jay Atkinson Research Scholar UU History
Jay Atkinson Research Scholar UU History

A Historical Study Tour with the Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson: July 27–August 1, 2019

JOIN US on a visit to the 16th century’s Unitarian “heartland” where early religious dissenters—who called themselves the Polish Brethren—first established congregations in the 1560s that openly challenged the doctrine of the trinity, rejected infant baptism, and debated the morality of military service from their pacifist devotion to the life of Jesus. In 1569 many of them moved to the newly founded “unitarian town” of Raków, whose 450th anniversary we will celebrate as part of our tour. After 1580, under the leadership of Fausto Sozzini (Faustus Socinus), the Brethren became known, and reviled, across Europe as “Socinians.” They established over 200 congregations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, flourished into the 1630s, and persevered until 1660, when they were forced into exile or reconversion under resurgent Roman Catholic oppression.

Leaders from the Unitarian congregation in Warsaw will be our hosts for this study tour. While we expect to attract mostly UUs from the United States and Europe, we welcome interest from anyone and from anywhere. It’s an excellent opportunity to connect with UUs from American and European congregations with a shared interest in these earliest pioneers of our liberating religious movement, who developed the most radical theology of the Protestant Reformation.

For details, download the the flyer: Poland 2019 publicity flyer