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Church Can Be Different

Church can be people who trust one another. Church can be people who accept and encourage each other. Church can be a place where it’s ok to be imperfect, and the effort counts for something. Church can be a place where we ask the important questions and admit to one another that we don’t know. […]

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You and Your Ministry

Ministry can be anything that supports the mission of the congregation.  Everything from reading the welcoming and asking people to silence their phones to weeding the flower bed can be ministry. If it is fulfilling to you and meets a need for the congregation, you have a ministry. And your ministry matters. Someone needs to […]

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Mutual and Free Consent: Welcoming the Beloved Community

One of the great liberal theologians of the 20th century was James Luther Adams. His work “Guiding Principles for a Free Faith”, as published in  On Being Human Religiously, he proposed “5 Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion”. These 5 concepts are presented as Adams’ defense of liberal religion against the rise of conservatism in the […]

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T-Shirt Evangelism: Wearing Your Faith Openly

To “Wear you heart on your sleeve” is to make your emotions, however raw, visible and to leave yourself exposed. If you say, “I am putting on my chairperson’s hat”, we all know that you are going to assume the responsibility of your position and advocate for the cause or the process used to make […]

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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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