Our prompt this week comes from Mariah Sheehy, a.k.a. Caelesti:

I think being [Uintarian Uinviersalist] means something a little different to each individual & congregation. Part of this is due to all the different paths we follow. I’m a polytheist- sometimes I debate how well that fits in w/ a UU context, but I’m working on how the philosophy & theology intersects. I’d be interested in how others do this- what does it mean to be a UU Muslim, Buddhist, Jew, etc.? Or if you simply identify as UU, what is your person vision of UUism?

So, do you connect strongly with a particular source? If you use a modifier when you talk about your religion, do you put it before or after the UU; “I’m a UU-Christian” or “I’m a Christian-UU”? Answer in the comments, or share a link to your answer if you choose to post it elsewhere so that we can all share the page views!

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3 Responses to SWC: UU-?

  1. johnarkansawyer December 15, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    It’s become my practice to identify as a Unitarian Universalist and explain details later. I’d rather focus on who we all are than who some of us aren’t. If you get what I mean.

  2. barbara kostreva January 5, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    It seems wonderful to focus on commonalityrather than “the other”. However, I ask does the UU “theology” accept someone who worships a God in 3 persons or any particular idol as a God. If a person wants to call himself a UU Catholic or a Presbyterian UU that is one issue. Can a UU congregation accept for membership a person that espouses Jesus Christ as his saviour or Mohammed as God to be a member of a UU congregation?

    • Thomas January 5, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

      The short answer is “yes”. There is a Christian UU revival in Ft Worth Texas this month. There are a great many UUs who still feel a personal connection to the story of Jesus, though they are free to interpret that story as they see appropriate to their lives. The “Unitarian” portion of the name is no longer really taught at all, other than as a historic legacy. There is no test or required oath of belief, only expectations on your actions. If that person is willing to enter into covenant with the congregation, they are obliged to accept the new member as long as the covenant is upheld and that person continues to support the mission of the church in some way.

      So, there are a great number of UU Christians, UU Buddhists, and UU Pagans of many types. Some of them take things more literally than others, and some of them try to live up to the examples, while not thinking of them as being at all factual. All are welcome if they can commit to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning for themselves and others, and to the mission of the congregation, how ever they can agree to support it.

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