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Curiosity and Awe as Spiritual Practice

One of the common reasons people find themselves in a Unitarian Universalist church is “curiosity”. It might be curiosity about what goes on there, or about different ways to worship. Ultimately, I think a lot of us stay because we are curious about one another and who we view the divine. A healthy curiosity is […]

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If We Want Justice, We Must Build It, Together

“Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don’t go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth; justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.”  ~ Bill Moyers Unitarian […]

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Liberal Religion is Resistance to Authoritarianism

Here at the I Am UU project, we believe that the best way to ensure things like compassion, justice, and the democratic process are affirmed and promoted in the world is to build up institutions to make it happen. Those institutions pool the resources of many and put them to their best use (we hope), […]

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Why Unitarian Universalism?

I know there are several other forms of Liberal Religion. The UUA and our individual congregations work with a lot of churches on specific projects and we share goals for the world with those churches. So, why am I UU? What is it about Unitarian Universalism that has earned my fervent support? Firstly, let me […]

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You’ve Got to Do.

Roughly 100 years ago, in his book “Which way? A study of Universalists and Universalism”, Rev. Lewis B. Fisher tried to answer the question “What do Universalists stand for?” in a clever way. The only true answer to give to this question is that we do not stand at all, we move… We are not […]

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A Church With 20 Religions

After giving whatever your elevator speech, anyone with time and interest still remaining is very likely to ask you, How do you have a church where people have different religions? Firstly, while we may have different beliefs and practices, we have one religion. It is a religion that allows us to worship together as well […]

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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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The Power of Love (and Fear)

I spent last week teaching mindfulness, community, and The Force to middle schoolers at a UU family summer camp. The reception was mixed, but it definitely had an influence on my thinking this weekend. There are two emotions that are the most primal, the most essential, and the most powerful in humans: love and fear. […]

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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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