about us

learn about the cirencester unitarian fellowship by exploring our outlook, affirmations and history here.


These Affirmations express the principles we share as a Fellowship. We use them at our Membership Services.


There was a non-conformist church in Cirencester from 1672, first Presbyterian and then Unitarian. Following the sale of the church many years ago the congregation met in the Cirencester Friends Meeting House. There were also Unitarians meeting in the Friends’ Meeting House in Swindon and from July 2005 to December 2021 the two congregations became Cirencester Unitarian Fellowship.  From 2022 meetings have been held in Stroud rather than Cirencester. Swindon meetings continue, and the Fellowship is now known as Stroud and Swindon Unitarians. 

The Object of the British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches


We, the constituent congregations, affiliated societies and individual members, uniting in a spirit of mutual sympathy, co-operation, tolerance and respect;  and recognising the worth and dignity of all people and their freedom to believe as their consciences dictate;  and believing that truth is best served where the mind and conscience are free, acknowledge that the Object of the Assembly is:    


To promote a free and inquiring religion through the worship of God and the celebration of life; the service of humanity and respect for all creation; and the upholding of the liberal Christian tradition.

To this end, the Assembly may:

encourage and unite in fellowship bodies which uphold the religious liberty of their members unconstrained by the imposition of creeds;

affirm the liberal religious heritage and learn from the spiritual, cultural and intellectual insights of all humanity;

act, where necessary [as a residual trustee to various Unitarian bodies] being faithful to the spirit of their work and principles … provided always that this shall in no way limit the complete doctrinal freedom of the constituent churches and members of the Assembly.

Do all other such lawful things as are incidental to the attainment of the above Object.


During the second world war the flaming chalice became the symbol of the American Service Comittee, formed to help people in danger from the Nazis. Unitarians worldwide adopted the symbol and two versions are shown on our website. Most Unitarian services and some formal meetings involve lighting a chalice at the beginning and extinguishing at the end.