Tag Archives | Free and Responsible

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.

Monday Meditation: Helping the Seekers

It can be disappointing for visitors to hear that we do not have answers, religion, or faith that can be taken home from a few short visits. We need to make sure that the love, the encouragement, and the hope that we do have to give away is always enough to sustain them as they […]

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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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Why do bad things happen?

Yesterday on the Facebook page, we shared a link about how expecting the world to be fair in a way we can understand can lead to a mindset that we should recognize as unhealthy. It leads to blaming victims for their misfortune (because why else would they be suffering and not me?) Today, I want […]

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Freedom isn’t Free, Even In Religion

It is often said that ours is a free faith. Every adult sitting in a Unitarian Universalist church has come there of their own choosing. Even those born to UU parents grow up expected to examine their faith and the commitments that come with being part of a UU congregation. And there are commitments which […]

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Sybols from "Star Trek", "Star Wars", "Battlestar Galactica", and "Firefly" around a flaming chalice.

Unitarian Universalism: A Religion of Nerds?

“So, there‚Äôs going to be a thing in your life that you love… The way you love that, and the way that you find other people who love it the way you do, is what makes being a nerd awesome… The defining characteristic that ties all together is that we love things.” ~ Wil Wheaton, […]

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Liberal Religion is Beautiful Uncertainty

On our Facebook page over the years, we’ve shared a lot of perspectives on belief and knowledge; science and religion. One thing that had generated a lot of discussion was a graphic illustrating the two axes of Belief and Knowledge. It shows, disproportionately, how there are people who believe in a god or gods, and […]

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"I love being part of a covenantal community. We make promises of how to interact with each other and the world and if we happen to break those promises we haven't sinned and we aren't going to hell, but instead there are people there to forgive us, help us right our wrongs, and continue on the path of love and acceptance" ~ Erin McGee, Unitarian Universalist

What is a “Unitarian Universalist”?

On our Facebook page we have started every day this week with some quote that tries to explain what is great, what is different, and what is compelling about Unitarian Universalism. We’ve seen some mixed reactions to these posts, but they do give people some help in forming their personal answer, which is always going […]

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SWC: UU-?

Our prompt this week comes from Mariah Sheehy, a.k.a. Caelesti: I think being [Uintarian Uinviersalist] means something a little different to each individual & congregation. Part of this is due to all the different paths we follow. I’m a polytheist- sometimes I debate how well that fits in w/ a UU context, but I’m working […]

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When Faith is Unsatisfying

I always had questions about religion, even as a young girl, which no one could answer and I was just told to have faith. That seemed empty, even as a child. I believe in something bigger than me because of my life experiences, but I can’t implore others to believe based on those experiences. I […]

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