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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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Looking Back on Young Adulthood

I was born at the tail end of Generation X. This weekend, I age out of the UUA’s “Young Adult” designation. I have had a long, strange trip from “pagan looking for community” to “born-again UU evangelist” over the 16 years that I’ve been familiar with the fellowship where my soon-to-be wife and I are about […]

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SWC: Sources of Wisdom

This weekend, most Christians and many UUs will celebrate Easter, or the story of the resurrection of the prophet Joshua of Nazareth. This is the central event in most Christian traditions, marking the triumph of love and life over death, ignorance, and fear. Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we […]

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Supernatural: A word with no useful meaning

I was inspired to write today because a Unitarian Universalist was, once again, bemoaning the “supernatural” elements of religion. I want to voice my clear and unrepentant disregard for such concerns. Why would I be so callous? Why am I, an educated and modern man, so unwilling to cast off the trappings of creator and […]

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RE-quired Reading for all UUs

It is my belief that there is nothing more important that we do at Unitarian Universalist churches than passing down our principles to future generations. I’ve been an Religious Education Committee member and volunteer at each UU church or fellowship I’ve belonged to, wherever life has taken us. I always will be, due to my […]

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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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Why “I Am UU”

Earlier today, we posted a challenge to our Facebook page for everyone in our community to make a post that starts with “I am a Unitarian Universalist…” and fill in the blank. Obviously, it would have been better promotion on our part if we had asked people to start that with “I Am UU…,” but […]

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Unitarian Universalist Evangelism: Sharing, not shoving.

Every so often the I Am UU team gets some push-back about our use of the word “Evangelism.” It has developed a bad connotation for a lot of people who think of “Evangelize” as synonymous with “Proselytize.” The words are related, but prosthelization is about trying to convince someone and convert them to your way […]

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