History


Unity Church was founded in 1862, though with a different name, when a congregation began to meet in Hulton Street School.

In 1868 a new building was opened in Commission Street to be replaced in 1893 by a new building on Deane Road, now to be known as Unity Church.

This was eventually sold to another faith group and, in 1996, the move was made to the present site on Chorley New Road, a former gatehouse to a large estate.

Unity Church is a member congregation of the Unitarian movement that evolved out of a desire to be free from the restrictions of formal creeds and doctrines. The name "Unitarian" was chosen because of a resistence to the doctrine of the Trinity which early members found to be irrational and impossible to justify. Modern Unitarians have a much wider perspective with a vast range of religious opinion. Unitarianism is about being free to find your own place, to be comfortable with your own beliefs and encouraged continually to explore and to challenge.