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Covenantal Religion: Exploring Doubts Together

In religions with creeds and dogma, there have always been heretics who believe something outside the boundaries of their faith. There are Catholics who believe that abortion can be an appropriate remedy to one or more situations. Some Jews like eating shrimp or bacon. There are Mormons who accept LGBTAQ people as full members of […]

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Love Moves Us: An Impetus for Progress

We are the Universe exploring itself; the remains of dead stars being reminded of their glory and living on into the future. We have reached a seemingly singular level of awareness and capacity for wonder, but that alone does not explain our success as a species. Humanity is part of something which is bigger than […]

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Institution and Autonomy

People have been studying trends in religion for about as long as religions have been organized. “None” is a marketing term for the growing population of people who have no immediate religious affiliation. These folks make up under 20% of the US population but are 32% of people under 30. A lot of attention is […]

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Unitarian Universalism is a Force in the World

Unitarian Universalism is a force capable of making the world better. Most importantly, it is a force with the power to change lives and save people. That makes the world better. Telling people that they are loved and empowering them to love the world makes it better. Teaching religion in a way that encourages exploration […]

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Uncomfortable Truths and Crucial Transformations

In his Ware lecture, Bryan Stevenson warned us that we could not have the impact on the world that we aspire to unless we were willing to be uncomfortable. We must get close to the people who are suffering, we must change how we think and talk about the circumstances and conditions that create injustice, […]

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Let’s Be Gentle Angry People

There are times when anger is the appropriate response’ to violence, to injustice, to those peddling fear and bad information. Anger is not bad. It is how we use the energy of our anger that matters. Our anger can help drive us to do big things, but we have to choose what kinds of things […]

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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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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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