Is there a lack of genuine Unitarian Universalism in local Unitarian Universalist communities? And what can be done about it?

Take for the moment the following scenario. I know it looks like it’s a bit of an over generalization, but I think it has heaps of truth to it. Local Unitarian Universalist (UU) communities (churches, congregations, fellowships, societies) especially many of the ones that are the only one in their area are doing their activities ((worship) services, social gatherings etc…) and engagements with the wider society (social justice/action work, environmental justice/action work etc…) in a way that has nominal to no discernible religious and or spiritual component and or nominal to no discernible religious and or spiritual approach to it. Lets for argument sake say this is a problem because it leaves little to no room for genuine UUism and genuine UU communities to thrive in these local communities. And lets also for argument sake say genuine or authentic UUism and genuine or authentic UU communities have a core or central religious and or spiritual reason for their being. And I think UUism and locale UU communities to be genuinely UU they need to have a core or central religious and or spiritual reason for their being. Lets also say that some of these local UU communities are indeed doing some good in the world, just things with a nominal to no determinable religious and or spiritual component and or nominal to no determinable religious and or spiritual approach to them. And lets also for argument sake say this is also a problem for the existence of genuine UUism and UU community in these local communities.

In terms of the above scenario, what needs to be done to make room for genuine UUism and genuine UU commodities to exist and to hopefully thrive in these locale communities? Do the UU communities that are doing good just not in any way that is genuinely UU need to stop doing their work under the UU banner so this can happen? Do the ones that are not doing anything perpendicularly good regardless of if it’s in a genuinely UU way or some other way need to disband so this can happen? Thoughts?

It should be noted that in terms of this scenario I am defining religion as the following; Communal practices and accompanying beliefs that have the function of addressing the fundamental questions of human identity, ethics, death and the existence of the Divine (if any). And I am defining spirituality as the following; An individual’s personal practices and beliefs that have the function of addressing the fundamental questions of human identity, ethics, death and the existence of the Divine (if any).

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One response to “Is there a lack of genuine Unitarian Universalism in local Unitarian Universalist communities? And what can be done about it?

  1. I consider myself a confessional Unitarian Universalist. I believe in the actual existence of a unitary personal God and the universal salvation of the soul after death. That is what Unitarian Universalist actually means. It doesn’t mean chic and trendy. A leftist political party is not a liberal church just because it holds its party meetings on Sunday morning. I agree with Thomas Jefferson’s definition of a church as a voluntary association for the worship of God. It is not a club to debate, deny, and disparage the very existence of God. Religious freedom is the right not to belong to a church, not the right not to be religious in church. That, in my opinion, is what is wrong with the UU world today.

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