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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Giving Your Best to the World

Two weeks ago, our meditation asked you to consider how our acceptance of ongoing revelation affected your own search for truth and meaning, and how we might judge how responsible it is. We touched on the need to be open to change, so that we are always giving our best to the world at large. […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Our Optimism is not Irrational

On Saturday we shared a quote on the Facebook page from Thursday night’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart“. A lot was written Friday and Saturday about Jon’s choice not to tell a series of prepared jokes, as is the normal format, in favor of some cathartic ranting about race and guns in America. At […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: Open Revelation and the Self

The “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” referenced in our Principles is our recognition that no one person has all the answers, and that we need to allow people to explore, responsibly, the possibilities and the borders of morality and good will. We also have, as a Principle agreed to by every Congregation […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: Religious Universalism

There is a common question that those who believe in (or who have never been exposed to ideas other than) a judgmental or outright vengeful creator love to ask Universalists (Unitarian, UU or otherwise): If you don’t believe in Hell, why bother being good? .Many of you laughed a little at the thought. “Why be […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: Belonging is a Choice

In the oft referenced 5 Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion, theologian James Luther Adams tells us: …all relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not on coercion. Our congregations tend to honor this in a way that isn’t often the subject of consideration: the membership book. In most Christian churches, […]

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Sacred Doubt

From time to time, we make an effort to point out that Unitarian Universalism is an agnostic religion. We not only don’t claim to have “The Truth”, but we have made it a Principle of our Association that each person be free to responsibly seek truth and meaning in their own lives, aided, guided, but […]

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When I breathe in, I breathe in Peace. When I breathe out, I breathe out Love.

Monday Meditation: Each Breath is a Blessing

Each and every breath we get in life is a blessing. Each time we breathe in, we breathe in air that is millions, possibly billions, of years old. We breathe in atoms older than our Sun, and particles that were formed at the beginning of time and space. This air has been breathed by kings […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: We Reject Tolerance

It has been said that “tolerance” is a Unitarian Universalist value, but let’s not let this be true. Tolerance is being permissive. It is allowing other people to be themselves as long as it doesn’t interfere with your right to be yourself. It is more than some people seem capable of, but it is too […]

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Each of Us Is a Minister

Each of us is a minister. Each of us has a message that can only be shared by one person. Your voice matters in Unitarian Universalism, because a central point of our theology is that there is one tapestry of Humanity, and each of us is a vital thread in telling the story. Our religion […]

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Many people come to a Unitarian Universalist congregation searching for answers to life's great questions. We do not provide them, though we will gladly help you in your search. Many people come looking for religion. We do not prescribe one, but we will help you build the one you need. Many people come looking for some fruit of faith and meaning. We have no such fruit, but we will nurture the seed within you until you can bear your own.

Monday Meditation: Helping the Seekers

It can be disappointing for visitors to hear that we do not have answers, religion, or faith that can be taken home from a few short visits. We need to make sure that the love, the encouragement, and the hope that we do have to give away is always enough to sustain them as they […]

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