Unitarian Universalism isn’t thee right religion for everyone, and we’re OK with that. They may need more direction, fewer choices to make, or just a different style of worship than the local congregation favors. Some people like a degree of certainty that we just cannot offer in good faith.
Many people, though, are looking for what we have. We at I Am UU believe that UUs have a responsibility to get our message out and let people chose for themselves, because what we have is good, and it has helped a lot of people. Who else can it help? We can’t know unless we talk to the people in our lives. Your community may be what they need.
There are people who want the same things we want for the world, and they might feel alone or discouraged. They feel like they are up against the whole world, trying to make a difference all alone.
What many are looking for is community, encouragement, and hope. Some need mental or ethical stimulation. Others might enjoy the music or ritual and find worship refreshing or comforting. They might just be looking for stories of other people who are trying.
They could be looking for religion when they show up, but one that is liberal—offering them a chance to explore theology, philosophy, and morality safely and a part of a community. Many people are looking for a faith that allows them to be honest about who they are as a heretic, a doubter, or maybe a hippie. We have all of that, and more.
They would love to know that there are people already working for the beloved community.
If we believe that Unitarian Universalism is good, then it would be wrong and selfish not to invite people to explore it. Not to coerce or convert them, but to offer them the chance to be changed through encouragement and love.