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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: Belonging is a Choice

In the oft referenced 5 Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion, theologian James Luther Adams tells us: …all relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not on coercion. Our congregations tend to honor this in a way that isn’t often the subject of consideration: the membership book. In most Christian churches, […]

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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.

Monday Meditation: Helping the Seekers

It can be disappointing for visitors to hear that we do not have answers, religion, or faith that can be taken home from a few short visits. We need to make sure that the love, the encouragement, and the hope that we do have to give away is always enough to sustain them as they […]

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We know a church has to grow to survive and thrive. But this is actually the side benefit of fulfilling our purpose which is to increase love and justice in the world.

Growing Unitarian Universalism?

Every congregation talks about growth. There are Facebook groups, websites, blogs, and even offices in the UUA devoted to the topic. Growth is important to the health of a congregation and of a religious movement. If we aren’t growing, at least a little, then we will fade beyond obscurity and into irrelevance. The thing that […]

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Rehabilitating the UU Half-way House Trope

Unitarian Universalism has a reputation of being the rehabilitation clinic for people who are leaving religion. That is a sad statement on how we view faith. People don’t come to us because they want to leave religion; they come because they want a religion that speaks to a broader world view and inclusion. People aren’t […]

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When Faith is Unsatisfying

I always had questions about religion, even as a young girl, which no one could answer and I was just told to have faith. That seemed empty, even as a child. I believe in something bigger than me because of my life experiences, but I can’t implore others to believe based on those experiences. I […]

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"This is what an evangelist believes: that there is a wonderful idea that should be shared, because it is likely to be [a] gift to others; because it has the power to transform people and lives for the better; because it is an idea that can save something worth saving. Do we believe that Unitarian Universalism is such an idea?" ~ D. Audette Fulbright, Roanoke VA.

UU Evangelism: Beyond Welcoming

After a post about Unitarian Universalist Evangelism last week, about how it changes lives for some people, Layne Richard-Hammock shared her story. She says that she is happy to tell people about Unitarian Universalist Principles and what her inclusion in her church means to her. These are her own words: In 1992-3 I first came […]

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