July 2016 - Rochester NY
The First Universalist Church is an historic Universalist church building. Construction began on 15 September 1907, with a week in October 1908. It was designed by noted Rochester architect Claude Fayette Bragdon, and is in the Romanesque Revival style. It is of brick with stone and ceramic tile trim and features a central tower and lantern with pyramidal roofs. The building now houses one of two Unitarian Universalist congregations in Monroe County.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 27 May 1971.
Unitarian Universalism believes that religion is a universal human quality, emphasizing the universal principles of most religions and accepting other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. Universalism has had a strong influence on modern Hinduism, in turn influencing western modern spirituality