“Meg, I am crying with you here in California, where we look with envy at our mid-West sisters and brothers winning equality. I remember being in the Welcoming Congregation Leaders' Training many years ago in Boston and never dreaming we would get here so soon or that it would really take us this long.
Blessings to you and your family,
Beth, Throop UU Church, Pasadena CA”
“As one finds in Christian churches, sermons (good ones at least) are very specific. UU Ministers sometimes base their sermons on the Christian Bible, sometimes on other scriptures and sometimes on many sources of Wisdom. And, as I find in the Chrisian churches I attend, the sermons address today's important issues in view of historical wisdom and the minister's thoughtful interpretation.”
“The UU church to which I belong is not an apolgist for any group as far as I can ascertain. And, we are more thnn a "book club." We, as Rev. Sewell implies in her essay, walk together in search of our individual Truths. And as she does remark, attempt to both " live by that theology" and "try to create the Kingdom of Heaven here and now, with real people." While I do not use Rev. Sewell's language (i.e., Kingdom or God), I think she has described well in her final paragraphs what many UUs believe.
Because "God" is such a historically loaded word, generally assumed in the Western Hemisphere to refer to a Judeo-Christian diety, I refrain from using it to describe my belief system. And because "Kingdom" is gender-specific, I use the neutral "kin-dom" to refer to the interconnected web of all living beings.
While some of our agnostic or athiestic members may have a problem with Rev. Sewell's use of "God," "God's mercy," etc., I think most of us can agree that her belief system, as stated in this article, comes as close as many to describing our intentionally creedless position.”
GretchenMann on Jun 6, 2011 at 21:21:49
“Sorry Beth, from what UU said in his post, his joy in being part of the congregation is the conversation, the intellectual stimulation, the profound philosophical discussions and his desire to better himself and the world. These are secular values. For secularists, the trappings of a church is definitely an apology for those sects who have congregants with more magical thinking. By the way, book clubs, university discussion groups/courses, volunteer organizations are all ways to achieve the same goals. Well, I wish you all continued joy in the UU church. I thought of attending one nearby, but I'll continue on my merry secular path.”
unitarianuniversalist on Jun 6, 2011 at 15:49:00
“Thanks Beth for your words of wisdom. I get the feeling on these various comments that most folks just don't get what we're about. Oh well, that's why I'm a fellow UU, I love our openness and acceptance of the diversity of humanity. I must admit, though, that I am intolerant of one thing: intolerance!