I've heard a District Executive say that it's all about being in a covenantal relationship with a UU Church -- if you're not a member of a Unitarian Universalist Church, you're not a Unitarian Universalist. Peter Bowden talks about being a freerange UU. There's been talk about lapsed UUs, affiliated/non-affiliated UUs, self-identifying UUs, and the old joke about a UU being an atheist with children. So, then, I ask you:
What is a Unitarian Universalist?
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November Question: What is a Unitarian Universalist?
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Our minister recently gave a sermon where he, at least kinda, addressed this question. I what I thought were the powerful parts on my blog at http://michaelcarnell.palmettobug.com/2010/10/28/where-i-standReplyDelete
Part of what he said, "My church is for the people who are unwelcome elsewhere because they think the wrong thoughts, or pray the wrong prayer, or love the wrong person."
Being a Unitarian Universalist is an exercise in holding the tension between what is and what can be. It is both being open and measured by reason. A Unitarian Universalist is holding the space in between, being content in the ephemeral, and the almost. And yes - sometimes being a Unitarian Universalist is staking out a mark in uncertainty and risking the prophetic - in spite of all facts to the contrary.ReplyDelete
Forrest Church wrote that ourReplyDelete
Religion is our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die.
Knowing that we are going to die not only places and acknowledged limit upon our lives, it also gives a special intensity and poignancy to the time we are given to live and love. The fact that death is inevitable gives meaning to our love, for the more we love the more we risk losing. Love's power comes in part from the courage required to give ourselves to that which is not ours to keep ... It comes also from the faith required to sustain that courage, the faith that life, howsoever limited and mysterious, contains within its margins, often at their very edge, a meaning that is redemptive.