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Invitation for Growth

We’ve said before that Unitarian Universalism isn’t going to appeal to everyone. They may decide that they need more direction, fewer options, or just a different style of worship than the local congregation favors. Many people, though, are looking for what we have. We’ve also written that UUs have a responsibility to get our message […]

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We Know Each Other By Our Actions

I do not have the ability to judge someone for the things that they think or feel, and I am immensely glad that no one can judge me for what goes on in my head. I am not always proud of my first reaction to the world. Luckily, while I cannot always choose my thoughts, […]

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We Do Not Promise Comfort: Building the Beloved Community

The weekend got away from Thomas, as Thanksgiving is happening tonight for his family. Sorry for the short post this week! The word “comfort” does not appear in the Principles of the UUA. We have “acceptance” and “compassion” but also “growth” and “responsible”. At no point do they promise any of us that we will […]

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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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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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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.

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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Next week: Prayer!

Next week, we are going to be posting links and quotes about prayer, from many sources and perspectives, because how we consider the deep questions and pressing issues is as important as knowing what those issues are. Liberal Religion is about seeking truth, not dictating it, and prayer can be an important tool in that […]

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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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Injustice and Inclusion

It’s been said by many that there is no small injustice. Each occurrence of injustice is a mark against all of us that may have had to power to prevent it. Even standing by silently leaves a shadow of blame on our hearts, since our inaction can so easily be seen as support for the […]

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