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Saturday Writing Challenge: Why Did You Stay? |

Saturday Writing Challenge: Why Did You Stay?

Unitarian Universalism isn’t a race or a species; no one is actually born a UU.

We all came to Unitarian Universalism at some point. We came for various reasons, whether we were truly seeking or just curious. A precious few have been coming all their lives. A lot of people have come to visit, and many, likely most, at some point stopping coming.

There was a time when each Unitarian Universalist made the choice to be a Unitarian Universalist. We chose to apply that label to ourselves, maybe eventually joining a congregation, maybe just because people will ask what your religion is and this is the one you feel good about naming.

The prompt for today isn’t about why you came or where you came from, though those may be important to your personal answer; today we ask what were the major factors in staying once you got here. Why did you go from just a person who showed up to a Unitarian Universalist?


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One Response to Saturday Writing Challenge: Why Did You Stay?

  1. Marcia Gilbert July 26, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    I was born into a Universalist family. During my college years I attended a variety of churches with different beliefs as there was no nearby Universalist or Unitarian church. What I found there seemed to exclude anyone from any other denomination as persons worthy of eternal and everlasting love. I began to research Universalism and used this to fulfill a freshman writing assignment. It was during this period of time that I truly began to understand why I was so ill at ease in these other churches.

    I grew up saying the now seldom used Avowal of Faith which still guides me. That this is fully incorporated into our UU purposes and principals keeps me going to church and engaged in equality issues. I have heard someone say that, ” coming to church provides practice in how to live”. I heartily concur. I am kept on my toes by my faith and the teachings found in this denomination. May it ever function more fully.

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