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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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Monday Meditation: Possibility and Positivity

We’ve been working for two and a half weeks now to support the idea that there is something for Unitarian Universalists in the Christian practice of Lent. There is meaning in doing things intentionally, in setting aside time to contemplate big ideas, and in knowing that you are doing it in conjunction with many, many […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: Lent and Movement Making

We are marking the tradition of Lent this year using the calendar created by Barb Greve (et al) for Unitarian Universalist reflection. It features 47 words to reflect on each day of Lent, including the 7 Sundays when we are challenged to not only reflect, but act on the day’s theme. The idea is not […]

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