I recently released previews of my “Unitarian Universalist Christian Community – Prospectus” right on this blog Realmdee here and here. Now I am pleased to announce its official release. If you are interested in reading it click here.
Yesterday I previewed both the table of contents and the introduction from my soon to be released “Unitarian Universalist Christian Community – Prospectus”. Today I will share with you the motto, mission, vision and values. I think theses sections will give you a bit more of a fuller glimpse as to what kind of community I am looking to help start. And as always I do appreciate positive and constrictive comments and feedback. So don’t be shy and instead be bold and let me know what you think.
Worship, learning, community.
To be a vibrant home for today’s and tomorrow’s Unitarian Universalist Christianity.
We will achieve a vibrant home for today’s and tomorrow’s Unitarian Universalist Christianity by engaging in:
- worship that is authentically Unitarian Universalist, deeply Christian and truly contemporary;
- learning, that will include Bible study, sexuality education, scientific education and group prayer;
- fellowship and community building.
We will draw our values from our life experiences, our search for truth and meaning, and in particular, from our examinations of the teachings of Jesus and the principles of Unitarian Universalism which are:
- inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are apart.”
I know I have not posted here in quite some time. What are the reasons for this? Well, I have been engaged in a lot of thinking and reading on the subjects of Christianity within today’s Unitarian Universalist (UU) community, UU growth, the future of UUism and UU identity. Also I have been listening to a lot of Christian rock and pop music and examining my spiritual beliefs. All this thinking, reading, listening and examining has led me to the feeling I need to bring about the formation of a new UU Christian community. And this feeling has spurred me to write a prospectus for this new community. I would say it is all the time I have devoted to crafting this prospectus that is the real reason I have not posted here in quite some time. As this prospectus is still going through the final editing and proofreading stages it is not quite ready for full release. But some sections are I would say ready enough for me to share in preview form.
So below is the table of contact from the prospectus.
And here is the introduction section.
Dear Friends —
As one who grew up attending Canada’s largest Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation, the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, I have been witness to, as well as personally experienced the transformative and life changing effects that UUism and its communities can have. That said, as one who is still active in, and committed to, seeing the UU world continuing to be such a place for its current members and its future generations, I feel UU communities would do well to engage in a sea change. What kind of sea change, you may ask? Well, one that would help to shine a light on the fact that it is time UU communities worked harder to keep their babies and bathwater, and realized that it was the bathtubs that needed changing. The bathtubs, in this case, represent all the forms of worship UUs hold onto that are no longer working for us, as well as all the new and innovative ones we hesitate to try, including the ones that come from within our own tradition. The bathwater is the roots and traditions of UUism. The traditions that UUism was founded on were Christian in nature, and for too long now it has been these founding Christian faith traditions of ours that we have cast aside as if they were dirty old bathwater that had past its usefulness. When, in fact, I believe it is these founding faith traditions, albeit seen through modern eyes and modern understandings and expressed in modern ways, that will be the very thing that will enliven UUism and its communities to a new state of glory and prosperity.
To help bring about this sea change and to usher in this new state of glory and prosperity, I am seeking interested and committed UUs willing to use their talents, ideas and time to help found a new UU community here in Canada; a UU community that will be authentically UU and also deeply Christian. If this sounds like the kind of work you or someone you know would be interested in, do read on.
And more previews to come in the next few days.