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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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Many people come to a Unitarian Universalist congregation searching for answers to life's great questions. We do not provide them, though we will gladly help you in your search. Many people come looking for religion. We do not prescribe one, but we will help you build the one you need. Many people come looking for some fruit of faith and meaning. We have no such fruit, but we will nurture the seed within you until you can bear your own.

The Limits of Liberal Religion

Many people come to a Unitarian Universalist congregation searching for answers to life’s great questions. We do not provide them, though we will gladly help you in your search. Many people come looking for a theology that makes sense of the world. We do not prescribe one, but we will help you build the one […]

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Unitarian Universalism: A Direction, Not a Path

Unitarian Universalism is not a set of steps one takes to get to a predetermined end point. We do not preach an end, but an ongoing process. We expect to continue to learn; adapting, and improving throughout our lifetimes and passing our mission to future generations. Our heaven, the Beloved Community, will not be a […]

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How a UU Prays

The title is short and might mislead someone who is unfamiliar with Unitarian Universalism. This is about how a specific UU prays, because there are very few things about which anyone can write which can apply to all UUs. This is how a UU prays, and I am that UU, speaking only for myself. If […]

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Gathered Together to Get Through Life

Dearly Beloved, “We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” To the sound of an electric organ, intentionally evoking the feeling of Church, Prince outlined the reason that liberal religion, void of creedal certainty and dogma, is still important. We gather together to get through life. Later in the song, “Let’s […]

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Unitarian Universalism Is Not…

Unitarian Universalism is not a religion of tolerance.We do not tolerate the stranger, the heretic, or the outcast; we accept them, welcome them, invite them in. Tolerance is too low a bar. Even those with whom we adamantly disagree, we seek understanding and peace. It is not, as it is sometimes portrayed, an individualistic religion. […]

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Open Revelation and Evolution

Many people wrongly envision evolution as a linear process, moving “forward” toward some perfect state. This is true of those who both accept and reject the evidence, and is the basis for arguments such as, “If we evolved from apes, why are there still apes.” We did not evolve from apes; we are apes. The […]

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Passion Stimulates Success

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words, and the truth of them has not faded. Being enthusiastic about the task in front of you makes it not only easier to set your will to doing it, but to doing it well and thoroughly. The human mind […]

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