11/25/2018: Edict of Torda

10:30 – 11:30 KUUF Sanctuary, Reverend Carol McKinley: Today we accept freedom of belief and worship as foundational to American Unitarian Universalism, a freedom rooted in the act of a Transylvanian king in 1568.  It was in that year, at the council of Torda in Transylvania, King John Sigismund issued a decree proclaiming religious tolerance. The Edict of Tolerance, as it was originally called, was the first of its kind in the western world, and is foundational for the religious freedom we practice today.

John and Ginger Younie traveled to Transylvania earlier this fall, and visited the birthplace of the world’s first proclamation of religious freedom.


The Reverend Carol McKinley is an affiliated community minister with the Olympia UU Congregation, where she coordinates its Faith in Action Ministry. She also serves on the Pacific Northwest District Healthy Congregations Team.

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