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A Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning

It is not true that a Unitarian Universalist can simply believe anything at all. In fact, there is nothing that a Unitarian Universalist can believe which is not subject to examination and doubt. Our covenant calls us to hold each other responsible in our search for truth and meaning and to encourage spiritual growth, without […]

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The Need for Institutional Goodness

One of the foundational ideas for the I Am UU project is that all of us have to make good things happen in this world. Unitarian Universalist theologian James Luther Adams told us to “deny the immaculate conception of virtue and affirm the necessity of social incarnation”; goodness doesn’t exist in the world separately from […]

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Covenantal Religion: Exploring Doubts Together

In religions with creeds and dogma, there have always been heretics who believe something outside the boundaries of their faith. There are Catholics who believe that abortion can be an appropriate remedy to one or more situations. Some Jews like eating shrimp or bacon. There are Mormons who accept LGBTAQ people as full members of […]

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Institution and Autonomy

People have been studying trends in religion for about as long as religions have been organized. “None” is a marketing term for the growing population of people who have no immediate religious affiliation. These folks make up under 20% of the US population but are 32% of people under 30. A lot of attention is […]

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Diversity is a Blessing, Not an Obstacle

In some traditions, they want everyone to be similar. Some even prescribe dress and daily activities. Many ask you to believe the same things about the world, so you can all have the same mind and soul and all go to the same afterlife. Not all traditions, but many and most of those that populate […]

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Democracy is More Than Elections

Election day is not the process of democracy, but the final expression of the process. The process nominates candidates, designs policy positions and crafts a platform; the process takes years to reach the election stage, and never truly ends. But this final stage is where we stand and choose between the visions offered to us […]

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Gratitude and Privilege

If I wrote that you should be grateful for your health, because not everyone is healthy, that wouldn’t be controversial. Some people are simply born with weakened immune systems, congenital defects, or other health issues; some are never really healthy in their lives through no fault of their own. Others have accidents, are injured, or […]

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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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