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Joyce: Lifelong UU (sort of)

Joyce Dowling here - lifelong UU. My "Saved by My Faith" aka "Childhood Empowerment" story is here: http://www.joycedowling.com/Saved.html

I have also written about my beliefs: http://www.joycedowling.com/believe.html and "Social Justice Work - My motivation and overcoming problems": http://www.joycedowling.com/SocialJustice.html

They're all old and might need updating.

I love networking with fellow UUs and consider myself a UUvangelist. :)

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Tinkerbell
Introducing... Me!

Hello everyone! My name is Jenn and I joined this site in the hopes of finding more like minded people to share my journey with. I was "raised" in a Lutheran church but attended only here and there, when my parents were in the "mood" for church. In my teen years, my father remarried to a woman who believed she was very religious. I say that because she didn't live a life that in any way was a faithful life, she just attended a Wesleyan Church every Sunday. Church was forced upon me for a few years and I rebelled. As a result I essentially grew up without any real answers on religion and was left to come up with my own beliefs. Looking back, I couldn't have asked for a better situation honestly. I feel blessed to not have had religion and beliefs forced upon me and to have been left to make my own decisions and choices.

I found some feeling of belonging when I discovered Wicca but Wicca, like many non-traditional beliefs, can be a lonely religion to find yourself in. While I didn't necessarily fit every bit of the Pagan religion beliefs, I felt more comfortable in Wicca than I did in Christianity. Unfortunately, my parents, being uneducated, scoffed at me and told me what I believed was just plain wrong. My new step-mother telling me I was going to hell for believing in a false religion. This was a quick lesson in the path less chosen and I learned to keep my mouth shut about my beliefs.

In 1999 I made the decision to move to Alabama, for a job. Talk about a culture shock! If I thought I had to keep my lips closed when I lived up North (in NY), I CERTAINLY had my hands full now that I found myself in the "Bible Belt". I had accepted that my beliefs would never fit anything traditional and I would be a "church of one" forever... until I read about Unitarian Universalism in the early 2000s while living in Florida.

I attended a couple services at a local UU church but I didn't get that "this is it!" vibe so I eventually backed out and returned to my feeling of never belonging in a community.

A few weeks ago I decided to start my search again. I read some information online and even took a few religion quizzes... you know the sort that determine based on your answers, which "religion" you fit into. After taking 5 separate quizzes and having all 5 return the answer of UU, I decided maybe it was time to try again.

This past Sunday I attended my first service at the UUC of Charlotte. I walked out feeling empowered and excited. My 3 year old son enjoyed his time with his class and we both left happy and full of some sort of energy that I couldn't explain. I woke up this morning realizing that I may have finally found it... that place of belonging... that place I can fit my unconventional religious beliefs into and still feel like part of a fellowship. All I can say is I'm excited.

So here I am... welcome to my journey!

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StoryOwl
Hi everyone!

Hi everyone! and especially to shaktinah - I think you're awesome!

I'm a life-long UU and third-generation Chinese American woman, from California but currently going to seminary on the East Coast, a student and practioner of Buddhism and an aspiring chaplain. For a long time I have sort of stayed away from both online UU stuff as well as UU POC stuff, and I'm not really sure why. I think the lack of more people "who look like me" in UU settings has long been a point of sadness that I felt helpless to address but this afternoon in doing some online exploration I came across this blog and some others that made me feel hopeful. So I'm really looking forward to meeting/talking with people and applaud you for all the terrific work you have done so far.

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Kungfuzed
Namaste

I stop by every once in a while thought I'd say hi. This is a great website. Hope to see more confessions soon. I'm a new UU, just signed the book two days ago.

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gnomon
Hello!

It's Chris.

Just stopping by to say hello.  I check out the place every couple of weeks and I'm really impressed. 

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Maize
Who are U?

Who I am? Good question. I find that I am being redefined all the time. I'm not really one that likes to talk (or type) about myself much. But since I feel l already know you guys a little, I'll just say I'll take questions if anyone is interested.

- Amy

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David Pyle
Who in the World am I?

Isn't that a question we all struggle with! One of the great things about this fourm program is that you can edit your posts... I would hate to be tied into one definition of myself that I can never adapt!

Hello Everyone! My name is David, and I am a UU Seminary Student, who is working to become a U.S. Army Chaplain. Until sometime this summer, I am the Fellowship Administrator and Student-minister of the UU Fellowship of Galveston County (www.uugalveston.org) on Galveston Island, Texas.

Theologically, I am a Universalist Dynamic Deist, and if you figure out what that means, please send me a PM or email and let me know, because I am always figuring it out for myself. But that is the great thing about picking fuzzy labels, you are able to work within them!

I'm looking forward to our having a forum dedicated to UU Theology! And Kat is wonderful for setting it up. I also run a website and a forum at www.dynamicdeism.org.

I wont bore you with more about me... but if you want to find out more, then please read my essay in my journal entitled "A New Path"

http://dynamicdeism.org/tpst/viewtopic.php?t=14

I'm looking forward to what we can do here!

Yours in Faith,

David

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