There are a lot of Unitarian Universalists who seem to think that no good comes from telling people about liberal religion. Their actions indicate that they don’t want people to know about their church and its saving message. I’ve read, many times, “if someone is a good fit for Unitarian Universalism, they’ll just find their way to us.”
I firmly believe in the Universalist message that, where ever we end up in death, we are all going together. That said, I am honestly scared that many UUs seem to believe that membership in out congregations is predestined; that there are some people (and only some people) who are meant to join us. That is a plan for the death of our liberal faith. If we aren’t planning to grow, we are accepting attrition and the demise of our congregations.
We need to reach people. We need to build stronger, more diverse, more stable congregations to fulfill their mission for years to come. We need outreach to people who not only aren’t already aware of Unitarian Universalism, but who don’t know our current members. We need new members who bring new ideas and perspectives.
And people need us, too. They really do.
People are hurting. People are lonely. People are longing for affirmation and encouragement. We can, quite literally, save lives by inviting people into our community. I’ve seen it.
So, please do not keep our light under a bushel. Let that light shine as a beacon to the world. Our vision of Beloved Community requires having everyone on the same team. Might as well get started!
Our mission is to make Unitarian Universalism easier to understand and share with the world. Liberal religion has a vital place in making the world more just and compassionate. The more people who know about our Principles and goals, the better for the world. If you believe we do a good job representing Unitarian Universalism, we need your support to keep doing so. Whether you can afford just a few dollars or a few dollars a month, we appreciate your support.