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Bible Quotes of Note for UU's

"He seeks out the wisdom of all the ancients, and is concerned with prophecies; he preserves the sayings of the famous and penetrates the subtleties of parables; he seeks out the hidden meanings of proverbs and is at home with the obscurities of parables. He serves among the great and appears before rulers; he travels in foreign lands and learns what is good and evil in the human lot."

The Wisdom of Jesus, son of Sirach, Chpt 39 vs. 1-4, The Apocraphya of the Bible. (Oxford NRSV)

Now, other than the non-gender inclusive language, does that not sound like a UU to you?

David

The Congregation of Abraxas

Just wanted to let people know that the website for the Congregation of Abraxas is back online. Yay! Very Happy

http://www.congregationofabraxas.org/

For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, the Congregation of Abraxas was a UU semi-monastic order that was formed in the 1970's during the height of the dominance of secular humanism on UU. A few people, dissatisfied with the lack of worship opportunities, got together to create uniquely UU liturgies and other aspects of worship. The UU hymnal that we use right now came out of their work. So if for no other reason we owe them a debt of gratitude.

The Left Hand of God, by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Intro, ch.s 1 & 2

Growing Our Congregations

Namaste Yall! I attended a "church leadership workshop" or something like that today. Ruel was there too. And we learned some interesting statistics that I thought I'd pass on to you. Just FYI. Smile

All theological differences asside, the UUA is statistically a mirror of American Protestant society. Sociologically, we behave like any other Protestant denomination. The average size of our congregations is 149 members, with only 4-6% of our churches having >400 members. In terms of the way our congregations operate, size is a better indicator of behavior than theology. That is, large churches will act like large churches and small churches will act like small churches, regardless of whether they are Lutheran or Methodist or Baptist or UU, etc.

Maturity of Faith

In recent days, I have been pondering the idea of “evangelizing” Unitarian Universalism, and why we as UU’s are often likely to be “in the closet” about our faith, even when we are public about so many other things. We can often be “out” when it comes to liberal politics, but “in” when it comes to liberal faith.

And some of us have trouble telling the difference between Liberal Faith and Liberal Politics.

We can easily imagine a Unitarian Universalist going door to door to discuss bringing the troops home from Iraq, but never would we see a UU going from door to door to tell them the “good news” of Channing… or Ballou…. or the Buddha…. or even of Jesus. Wouldn’t happen.

Our Beloved Community

OK, I've been thinking about this ever since I had trouble finding writings/sermons about the Beloved Community online. I don't know about you guys but this is a term that I have heard used a lot in UU circles, yet there is very little said about what the Beloved Community is (and is not). I've heard it used so many times as our goal, "working towards the Beloved Community" that I started to sarcastically refer to it as "UU Heaven." Sounds great in theory but it will never work in practice. Then I found this web site that describes the Beloved Community as Dr. King envisioned it:

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"Out of the Closet" Unitarian Universalists

I first met Kat Liu at the General Assembly in 2005, but we had been communicating through the internet longer than that. For awhile, I have known that both she and I had something in common... besides being UU's. Smile Theologically we are similar, but we dont claim similar labels or anything. Our theological thought is different enough to be interesting. Our views of Unitarian Universalism are different.

It was not until recently that I realized that what I was feeling the most kinship with her on was that we are both “out of the closet” as Unitarian Universalists.

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