Unitarian Universalist Church--any experience with them?
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28-09-2011, 03:40 PM
 
RE: Unitarian Universalist Church--any experience with them?
Yes, the two U's came together in the early sixties in what is now UU. They also left behind their Christian roots in exchange for the "Seven principles" which are the non-theist version of the moral ruleset.
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28-09-2011, 03:58 PM
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(28-09-2011 03:40 PM)cmpx Wrote:  Yes, the two U's came together in the early sixties in what is now UU. They also left behind their Christian roots in exchange for the "Seven principles" which are the non-theist version of the moral ruleset.

Which are????

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28-09-2011, 04:12 PM
 
RE: Unitarian Universalist Church--any experience with them?
I think you will find them here under "beliefs" but I am on my mobile with a spotty signal and can't be certain... http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism
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28-09-2011, 05:54 PM
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(18-08-2011 01:52 PM)cufflink Wrote:  The son-in-law of a friend of mine is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and I've been wondering about that group. They seem like the most liberal, progressive, non-dogmatic church in the U.S.: they welcome everyone, including atheists and agnostics, and say they're "non-creedal."

But they also talk about faith, prayer, and worship. I've read some of their online stuff to try to see how that all fits together, but it's still hazy to me.

Anyone have any direct experience with them? If so, what are your thoughts?

Very briefly; I have had quite some personal experience.
I found them very heavy into socialism ;quite a few old guard Stalinist types.
The congregation, in this particular church, predominately atheist.
LIke churches, I don't think they pay tax. Also into social action groups, philosophy, Darwinism, poetry group, lobbying government etc.
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28-09-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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(28-09-2011 05:54 PM)Mr Woof Wrote:  ...Also into social action groups, philosophy, Darwinism, poetry group, lobbying government etc.

You forgot Drum Circles and Solstice Spirals Big Grin
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14-10-2011, 06:55 PM (This post was last modified: 14-10-2011 07:10 PM by GirlyMan.)
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(28-09-2011 06:51 PM)cmpx Wrote:  
(28-09-2011 05:54 PM)Mr Woof Wrote:  ...Also into social action groups, philosophy, Darwinism, poetry group, lobbying government etc.

You forgot Drum Circles and Solstice Spirals Big Grin

Yup. Here's a flyer I got from the UUC up the street from me. They're clearly not your typical church. I'm signing up for the Shamanic Journey to see if I can tickle the ass of that spirit bear who tickled my sack so long ago. But I doubt the $5 suggested donation includes the cost of the requisite psilocybin mushrooms and/or peyote. Wink


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26-12-2011, 01:50 PM (This post was last modified: 26-12-2011 01:58 PM by Luminon.)
RE: Unitarian Universalist Church--any experience with them?
My understanding is, that UU is a church not based on unity of belief, but unity of intention. "Deeds, not creeds," that's the motto if I remember. So there should be a lot of activism going on around and good will. Looks like they're the only church safe for children, maybe besides Baha'ism.

Looks like Unitarians and Universalists were brought together in 60's under the purple haze of pot smoke and yet they have a long history. Must look further into this.

I'd love to have one of these churches around and see what they're up to. From what I've seen on Youtube, they have some sacraments of flower exchanging and ritual immolation of mortgage papers Big Grin And all this hugging, it's just like on a Reiki meeting.

What I like about it most, are Unitarian jokes.
http://stoney.sb.org/uujokes.html
What is an Unitarian Universalist?
An atheist with children.

Btw, there should be Unitarian Universalist bumper stickers with a steaming coffee-bean symbol and "All your answers will be questioned"
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18-03-2012, 10:01 AM
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Note that even among UUs, there is debate about whether to use "church" or not. My "church" refrains from calling itself that and instead uses "fellowship." My minister is atheist, Buddhist, philosopher, and often makes references to "God", however strictly in a metaphorical fashion. It's important to remember that in its non-dogmatism, this includes not being dogmatic about using "god" or "spirituality" to describe personal journey or experience. Even so, some members will say he uses it too much or not enough, or different faith practitioners will fuss that the services show too much or not enough treatment of a particular religion. But you have to expect that in a UU church. The "flavor" of my church is, I think, mostly Humanist/Buddhist/Pagan. The UUs describe themselves as "liberal religion."

Forget Wikipedia. Here, right from the horse's mouth:

http://www.uua.org

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18-03-2012, 10:26 AM
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"There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."

This "church" has my:

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19-03-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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My limited exposure to the Unity church was...well...odd. Its not like any traditional church i had been. I was part of this new agey hippy band (Played the Chapman Stick, Fretless bass and Didjeredoo) and our vocalist went there. We were asked to play several services, which seemed odd to my Southern Baptist sensibilities. This was along the time of me letting go of all that I'd known faith/god wise and was only interested in being human. So i watched and observed.
First thing is that of the 3 Unity churches we played, ALL 3 had women pastors (leaders). Oddity number one! The second odd thing was when they prayed, they prayed to 'father, mother god (sometimes the word EARTH was in there too).
Behind the pulpit (an underwhelming stage) was something earthy. One church had this elaborate tree carved out of wood. No where do you see Jesus. You hear him mentioned from time to time, but nothing too heavy.

Another poster really nailed it. It seems like a loosy goosy collective of ex hippies that want to gather and be spiritual. I will say all the people at all the Unitarian Churches are KING! THESE are what the casual Christian would call "Christ like". These people thrive on doing good, being good, expressing good...and without some dogma or this 'hey look at me, i love JC' type of attention. These people were kind in such a way that it alarmed me. No gossip circles. EVERYONE listens (not waiting their turn to talk). No dogmatic preaching, no hang ups on sex, just good people fellowshipping. I chalked it up to group meditation.

I DONT go to church. If i had to...it would most certainly be a place like the Unitarians.

If i were still a Southern Baptist, i'd say that the Unitarian Church's were of the devil and were borderline witchcraft and FULL on New Age and going to such a place would damage your faith.

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