Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Went to a Unitarian Universalist Church

 The Unitarian Universalist Churches are much different than almost every other church in America. It actually promotes freedom of thought and freedom of religion within itself. It has had a long history of independent thinkers before Unitarians and Universalists merged, and now welcomes agnostics (which I am), atheists, Buddhists, pagans, and many other religions or viewpoints.
When I was little I don't remember going to church ever. Though after my father died when I was seven my mom took me to a local church that happened to be Methodist. While I enjoyed my time there (except the boring services), I slowly started to drift away from it. The ethics of many conservative religious viewpoints and Bible thumpers never sat well with me. It wasn't so bad in our Methodist church but I live in what they call "The Bible Belt" and it's awful. After becoming more agnostic each and every year, I eventually became very non-religious. 
I couldn't count the number of times at work or in another social situation where some random person came up with such motivation to make sure I believed in Jesus. And I was never foolish enough to admit my non-theism, because that turns into a big ugly mess. I quickly lie that I agree with them so they can move on and bother someone else.
 Though I do miss the community and special events of my old church. Once I found out more about Unitarian Universalism, I looked to see if my city had one and they sure did. I took Daisy along and we were greeted before we even got out of the car. Everyone was super-nice and friendly. The style of the place is very similar to Christian churches, but the sermons are not really about deities. We actually came during a Sunday where there was a guest speaker (who was also a UU minister) and her main piece was a story about trust. Along with a real account of the pre-Cold War and post-Cold war stories of her time in Czechoslovakia.
Overall Daisy (who happens to be Buddhist) and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately with my work schedule I have to work 2 Sundays a month so we won't be able to return until about 2 weeks.  Though we'll be back to see more and make new friends. 

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a much better place than the bible thumpers. I tell em no anyway just to watch their reaction then walk off as they tell me I'm going to hell hahaha

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  3. I belonged to a UU church in Winnipeg for several years. A great place for spiritual seekers and for those who love spiritual tolerance! I'm glad you found the UUs in your city!

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  4. Very interesting. I hope you post more about your experiences there in the future.

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  5. Sounds as if they are trying to get all religions together.§

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  6. I really enjoyed this post, Adam since I'm a Buddhist too. I'm finding a lot of very intolerant Christians in Hawaii. It was rather a surprise since it wasn't that way when we left 35 years ago. I thought the Unitarian church in Illinois was more Christian so I wasn't keen to go back. I wonder what it's like over here in Hawaii.

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    1. well it could have been the Unitarian church back before the merger. It evolved out of Christian thought, mainly rejecting the holy trinity idea. If mine is very liberal in SC, then it must been even better over in Hawaii.

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  7. I was born into the Catholic faith, I attend regularly, but I like the routine more than anything these days. The Catholic church has its problems.

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  8. Interesting post Adam, I had never heard of the U.U. church before. It sounds like a very welcoming place!

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  9. Smart young man! There are two topics that are sometimes left alone - politics and religion. When you get into debates with people that are extremely passionate (or fanatical) about either/or, it can get pretty nasty. The U.U. church sounds very interesting, and welcoming, and something that would suit me well.

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  10. We went to church quite frequently when I was a child. Grandma would take us up to 3 times a week. I loved it as a child, but as I got older and started questioning what was in the Bible and what they were teaching, the more I found I didn't agree with most of it. I am like you and just pretend to agree now when people ask my beliefs. So much easier than trying to explain not being a believer than having them try to change my mind. This church sounds really cool. I hope you post more about it!

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