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The Language of Liberal Religion

We spend a lot of digital ink on words, both religious and not, and how they are used by, and how they sometimes divide Unitarian Universalists. A lot is said about which words get used and how people react to them. Words do matter, but how we hear them is on us as much as […]

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Beloved Community: We're not there until we are all there!

How Big is Your Unitarian Universalism?

This summer, I had the absolute joy and privilege of going to General Assembly and spending a week at a UU summer camp. If you haven’t done either, I highly recommend both. I am also fortunate to live in an area with many congregations within a reasonable drive. I seen (and even led) services at […]

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Religious Humanism

Humanism is the belief that humanity must save itself. It relies on observation to make the statement that the gods are not stopping our wars, curing our plagues, nor holding back forces of nature. Human ingenuity has developed diplomacy, discovered vaccination and medicine, and created all manner of tools to warn and protect us from […]

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Radical Religion

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion, meaning that we do not claim absolute truth or authority and admit that we are still learning things that we need to know about the universe. The word “liberal” means “not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms” according the Merriam-Webster, and shares its root with Liberty, a Latin […]

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Church Can Be Different

Church can be people who trust one another. Church can be people who accept and encourage each other. Church can be a place where it’s ok to be imperfect, and the effort counts for something. Church can be a place where we ask the important questions and admit to one another that we don’t know. […]

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“God” Is Not a Name

The Unitarian Universalist Association officially lists 6 sources of wisdom in its by-laws. In reality, those sources encompass hundreds of traditions. In those traditions, there are thousands of concepts that might be referred to as “god”. Some concepts are well-defined and named, others are nebulous and unnameable. The fact is that we must all come […]

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A Chosen Faith

I was invited to my first Unitarian Universalist service by a friend. Statistically, you probably were, too. The vast majority of UUs weren’t brought up in a UU congregation. Even those who did grow up UU at some point have to choose their membership, rather than having it assumed for them. Ours is a chosen […]

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