This church acknowledges the Holy Scriptures to be the Word of God, and therefore the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We accept also the symbolical books of the Lutheran and Reformed Churches as correct explanations of the Bible.
…and replaced it with the following seven principles;
•The Universal Fatherhood of God.
•The Universal Brotherhood of Man.
•The Equality of the Sexes and the same standard of life for both.
•The superiority of Human Rights over Property Rights and the subordination of institutions to human wellbeing.
•Personal liberty in matters of conscious, speech and activity, limited by and in keeping with the collective good.
•The limitless possibilities of man and society under a social order of justice,
•The organic Union of the Human Race, a universal co-operative commonwealth.
After proving unable to reverse these changes, the German Evangelical Synod tried unsuccessfully to forbid services from being held, and later cancelled the church’s membership altogether. It then became The People’s Church of Louisville (Independent) until 1922 when it joined the American Unitarian Association and officially became Clifton Unitarian Church. In 2005 its members voted to include “Universalist” in its name to better reflect the 1961 merger of the Unitarians and the Universalists into the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).