You Might Be a Unitarian Universalist

Unitarian Universalist chalice from General Assembly 2009 (Photo by Nancy Pierce)

You might be a Unitarian Universalist and not even know it.  Now, that would be a pity, as the Unitarian Universalists are a fine association of folks.  Our numbers are modest (217,000 is the number I found kicking around on the web), but I suspect most UUs are simply not yet aware that they’re UUs. 

You might be a Unitarian Universalist if…

  • You believe in God, the Goddess, the power of the universe, a pantheon of gods, the goodness of humans, or nature.
  • You don’t know what you believe in, or you’re sure there is nothing at all beyond what can be known via science.
  • You once believed in a God, Goddess, nature, the universe, or nothing at all, but now you’re not so sure.
  • You ponder exactly what you do believe in or perhaps leave the door open, even if you’ve found an answer that works for you.
  • You were raised Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Buddhist, Hindu, Humanist, or nothing at all.
  • Your table in December contains a chalice, an advent wreath, a candle from a solstice celebration, and a menorah.  All lit.
  • Your idea of a la carte is picking and choosing the parts of the religions of the world that work for you.
  • You are always open to revise what is true and meaningful from those religions.
  • You support the rights of gay, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people, and you really don’t understand what all the fuss is about regarding gay marriage.
  • You pause when hearing the words, “Let us pray,” first considering to whom (if anyone) you would pray to then pondering what power prayer has. 
  • You pause even longer when folks ask you what’s up with that Unitarian Universalism, knowing its a long answer that will lead to many more question.
  • You believe in the dignity and worth of every person, even when your disagree with them. 
  • You respect the spiritual search of others, even when it leads them down paths that mystify and even anger you. 
  • You wonder why we’re here, where we’ve been, and where we’ll be next.  And wonder, and wonder, and wonder.
  • You’d like to be with other people who share a questioning look at the world and who care for humanity and the planet.

Want to find out more?  Explore the Unitarian Universalist seven principles and six sources,  or even visit a congregation.  Listen to sermons and messages.  Ask questions, read, and then ask some more questions.  After all, you might just be a Unitarian Universalist and not even know it.

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