When I tell people that I’m a UU, I’m often greeted with a blank stare, followed by the million dollar question: “What is that?!” My short answer is that it’s an interfaith religion of people working together for a common goal.
I became a Unitarian Universalist long before I had the language to describe what was happening to me spiritually. I found that my path as a Christian had broadened so much theologically that I was without a community that understood my spiritual evolution. And then I learned about a religion that uses faith, reason and seven universal principles as its guide while encouraging spiritual exploration. Within a year of researching Unitarian Universalism, it had won my heart.
While the seven guiding principles of UU are of particular importance to me (especially the fourth principle which encourages the free and responsible search for truth), I find that UU’s sources for human/spiritual growth are very close to what I’ve found most meaningful and useful. Those sources are:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
I have found that Unitarian Universalism is perfectly harmonious with what I’ve come to understand as the sacred teaching of Jesus. I hope you’ll take time to learn more about what this path has to offer. :)