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A Church With 20 Religions

After giving whatever your elevator speech, anyone with time and interest still remaining is very likely to ask you, How do you have a church where people have different religions? Firstly, while we may have different beliefs and practices, we have one religion. It is a religion that allows us to worship together as well […]

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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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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

The Choice to Belong

…all relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not on coercion. ~James Luther Adams In many religious traditions, you are made a part of the community through ritual acceptance. A Baptism, Birthday, or some other ritual that shows the community’s acceptance of you. They sanctify you; you receive their welcome. […]

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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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The Power of Love (and Fear)

I spent last week teaching mindfulness, community, and The Force to middle schoolers at a UU family summer camp. The reception was mixed, but it definitely had an influence on my thinking this weekend. There are two emotions that are the most primal, the most essential, and the most powerful in humans: love and fear. […]

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Agnosticism: Blessed Uncertainty

Agnostic comes from the Greek ágnōstos “unknown, unknowable”. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (such as God) is unknown and probably unknowable“. They even include a section on the page explaining the difference between Agnostic and Atheist. The word “agnostic”, despite how many use it, is […]

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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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Monday Meditation

I just spent a week surrounded by Unitarian Universalists and Unitarian Universalism. I was in an almost magical space where our youth were valued, our values were placed above our comfort or expedience, and our trash was recycled or composted such that less than 15% went to the landfill. I will be processing General Assembly […]

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