The Limits of Liberal Religion

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 a theology that makes sense of the world.
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 to hand out, but we will nurture the seed within you until you can bear your own.

It can be disappointing for visitors to hear that we do not have simple answers or a faith we can bestow on them in 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 find their place in our community.

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2 Responses to The Limits of Liberal Religion

  1. Adam Gonnerman (@awgonnerman) June 20, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Over a decade ago, when I was still an evangelical minister, I saw a BYU program on television in which an LDS authority said ‘we have answers.’ I thought, ‘Yes, but not the right ones!’ I’ve since learned that very few answers are final, and everything is subject to review and testing. As such, the UU focus on deed before creed, and community over theology, makes a great deal more sense to me now.

  2. Al MacIntyre September 24, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    Having come up in a UU parish with a very active RE program, it was probably well established by the sixth grade that one of the primary things that defines us as a liberal religion is that we have the questions. The questions that too many disregard to ask themselves, the questions that too many fail to share directly with one another, the questions that define a path that lead us from who we were to something beyond our very own expectations. Being UU leaves us with nothing but questions on how to constantly evolve ourselves, and the diverse world we interact with; the world we strive to act upon, daily.

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