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Tolerance Must Not Become Silence

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel Silence encourages the tormentor. If we allow bigotry to go unrebuked, then we are emboldening the bigot. It is not enough to be tolerant and open-minded yourself if our goal is to make the […]

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The Faith of a Unitarian Universalist

It is odd that many Unitarian Universalists find it impossible to entertain the notion of a creator; the very idea of God. We entertain so many other ideas more outrageous. We believe fully in things which have no physical presence in the universe. We profess to the inherent worth and dignity of all people, though […]

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Gratitude and Privilege

If I wrote that you should be grateful for your health, because not everyone is healthy, that wouldn’t be controversial. Some people are simply born with weakened immune systems, congenital defects, or other health issues; some are never really healthy in their lives through no fault of their own. Others have accidents, are injured, or […]

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Each Person is Important

The Universe is a tapestry woven of all the matter and energy and the patterns they exist in and create. You are a complex and vital pattern, part of a bigger pattern of all humanity that is then woven into the greater fabric. The Universe would not be complete without you. And it is just […]

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A Free AND Responsible Search

To be a Unitarian Universalist is to invite, even request, that people ask you about your beliefs. Your fellow congregants are promised to inquire and even critique your stances, ensuring that they are both responsible, in light of all available information, and that you are still growing if there is any room for you to […]

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In a world with so much hatred and violence, We need a religion that proclaims the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Why The World Needs Liberal Religion

A lot of folks are talking about religion right now. There is a lot being said about the toxic effects that can arise from trying to live a centuries-old code of ethics that actively resists updating. Fundamentalism can be blamed for a lot of the problems in the world and even main-line conservatism still teaches […]

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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 […]

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Unitarian Universalism: A Direction, Not a Path

Unitarian Universalism is not a set of steps one takes to get to a predetermined end point. We do not preach an end, but an ongoing process. We expect to continue to learn; adapting, and improving throughout our lifetimes and passing our mission to future generations. Our heaven, the Beloved Community, will not be a […]

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