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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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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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Radical Religion

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion, meaning that we do not claim absolute truth or authority and admit that we are still learning things that we need to know about the universe. The word “liberal” means “not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms” according the Merriam-Webster, and shares its root with Liberty, a Latin […]

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“God” Is Not a Name

The Unitarian Universalist Association officially lists 6 sources of wisdom in its by-laws. In reality, those sources encompass hundreds of traditions. In those traditions, there are thousands of concepts that might be referred to as “god”. Some concepts are well-defined and named, others are nebulous and unnameable. The fact is that we must all come […]

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“An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense”

Today will present many, many chances to read the words of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. There are already oh-so-many opportunities for the curious to study his work. There are many, many scholars and activists who will spend the day discussing the progress, or lack there of, on that work. And we’ll have it […]

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