Tag Archives | Evangelism

We know a church has to grow to survive and thrive. But this is actually the side benefit of fulfilling our purpose which is to increase love and justice in the world.

Growing Unitarian Universalism?

Every congregation talks about growth. There are Facebook groups, websites, blogs, and even offices in the UUA devoted to the topic. Growth is important to the health of a congregation and of a religious movement. If we aren’t growing, at least a little, then we will fade beyond obscurity and into irrelevance. The thing that […]

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Rehabilitating the UU Half-way House Trope

Unitarian Universalism has a reputation of being the rehabilitation clinic for people who are leaving religion. That is a sad statement on how we view faith. People don’t come to us because they want to leave religion; they come because they want a religion that speaks to a broader world view and inclusion. People aren’t […]

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Community, Trust, and Investment

The I Am UU page has been running for 5 years. In that time, it has gone from being a small community of UU Evangelists to a huge community (in UU terms) of people who want to better understand what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and how to communicate that better to the […]

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When Faith is Unsatisfying

I always had questions about religion, even as a young girl, which no one could answer and I was just told to have faith. That seemed empty, even as a child. I believe in something bigger than me because of my life experiences, but I can’t implore others to believe based on those experiences. I […]

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"This is what an evangelist believes: that there is a wonderful idea that should be shared, because it is likely to be [a] gift to others; because it has the power to transform people and lives for the better; because it is an idea that can save something worth saving. Do we believe that Unitarian Universalism is such an idea?" ~ D. Audette Fulbright, Roanoke VA.

UU Evangelism: Beyond Welcoming

After a post about Unitarian Universalist Evangelism last week, about how it changes lives for some people, Layne Richard-Hammock shared her story. She says that she is happy to tell people about Unitarian Universalist Principles and what her inclusion in her church means to her. These are her own words: In 1992-3 I first came […]

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UU Saturday Writing Challenge

This week, I wanted to present another writing challenge. This time, I want to focus on what we stand for, in a positive way. It is easy for us to be caught up in the anger and frustration over how slowly the world is moving towards real universal justice and compassion, and we understand that. […]

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Defending Liberal Religion: 5 Smooth Stones

On Monday, I wrote about the 3 essential elements of evangelism, and how an understanding of and ability to articulate the foundation of your belief was crucial to sharing it convincingly and responsibly. Here are the 5 foundational tenets of our liberal religious tradition. If we want to convince people that Unitarian Universalism has a […]

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Evangelism in 3 Not-So-Easy Steps.

I read a lot of non-fiction books. Or (since many of them are about religion) books that the author and I agree to call nonfiction in spite of certain declarations by others. Recently, I’ve been reading up on missionalism and evangelism. I found some new resources, and I figured I should learn as much as […]

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