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Truly Deep UUism – A Lifelong UU’s Vision

(Here’s the download link to the audio recording of the the below sermon of mine. This recording is of me giving it at my home church the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax on March 18, 2012)

If the members of Unitarian Universalism were to engage with it in a truly deep manner, I believe this would change its very nature for the better. This changed nature would become visible in the shifted emphasis and different style that this truly deep engagement would bring about. This shifted emphasis and different style would be most apparently felt in what I believe is the central activity of its communities, its Sunday morning worship. This change of style and focus would not just affect UU Sunday morning worship, but all the community building undertaken by the varying UU communities, be they national organization or local church.

What do I mean when I say “engaging with it in a truly deep manner”? I mean not being afraid to delve into theological concepts such as God, heaven, hell and savour. We as UUs, I believe, would do well to rid ourselves of the need to have any sacred cows, i.e. things we will not touch for the fear of offending others. Some of the things we have avoided engaging with have been things like Christ and Jesus. Other things we have been afraid to really engage with have been our UU heritage of Unitarian and Universalist Christianity. We as UUs I belive would do well to heed these words from the Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein;

“We have thus far in our post-merger existence as Unitarian Universalists treated our theological legacy with white gloves: as fragile, faded archival material to be handled as lightly as possible and then filed respectfully away in an attic or basement file cabinet, or as historical curiosities to be peered at curiously over the top of our spectacles, smiled fondly over, and left in the church library to be studied by the few UUs who ask for a key to the locked stacks.”

I am not saying we UUs need to believe all the teaching and doctrines of the ancestors of our religious tradition, but to cut ourselves off from them, or only get them out when we want to smugly pat ourselves on the back and say to ourselves, “few thank goodness we have moved past these silly old no longer relevant beliefs and have become more diverse and open”, will serve us no good. Neither is I believe cutting ourselves off from the teachings of our ancestral religious heritage, which in my case is Anglicanism and Christian Science on my mom’s side and on my dad’s side it is Catholicism. I acknowledge that many of us have come here from other churches of the Christian variety and are in the process of healing. But what I am saying is this avoidance has become something that is crippling. Crippling us from learning from the past and from being open to seeing the truths that I feel are to be found in these heritages. Truths that I believe are still relevant here for us in the 21st centry.

I believe it is this renewed engagement with theological concepts and with our religious heritage that will become the new focus for us. That is, if we will have the courage to make it so. I pray we will find the courage to make it so. This new focus on theology in general and the theology of our ancestors, more specifically, will lead us to needing to embrace a new style or way of doing things. This new style of doing things I feel will be needed because this engagement with theology will awaken in many of us feelings and desires that won’t be well served by intellectually reasoned discussion alone. To further these points of mine let me tell you two storys.

This first story happened at the young adult pre-con that took place last May at Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Toronto, just prior to the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Annual Conference & Meeting. We had all gone off to partake in our varying workshops. One group was a planning and information group for a young adult camp taking place later this summer, one was a knitting and light discussion group and the other one was a play group. It was this play group I opted to join. All of us in this play group went to the congregation’s playground to play on the play structure. But it didn’t take long for us to find ourselves sitting on the play structure instead and talking. What were we talking about? Well we ended up talking about theology, ritual and communion, more specifically Holy Communion. We were recounting our experiences with Holy Communion and how wonderfully spiritual and moving they had been for us. And for those of us that had grown up attending a UU congregation, which was most of us in the group, we were expressing how we wished we had learned more about these things in our childhood congregations. We all thought it would be wonderful if our churches did Holy Communion and actually discussed theology instead of avoiding it most of the time. I should note that most of us in this workshop were raised UU and we had nearly all the raised UUs at the pre-con, say for a few others.

Now here is the second story. This story took place in Montreal durning the 2011 Christmas session. It centres around the young adult group at the Unitarian Church of Montreal that was just getting going again after a period of downturn. As I was living in Montreal at the time I was a member of this group. We were all sitting in the youth room in the downstairs of the church. After we had decided on which days and how often we wanted to meet, we set about deciding what we ought to do for our first meeting and who should host it. As it was approaching the Christmas season we thought; wouldn’t it be nice if we had a holiday party. That is when one of our members eagerly offered to host the first meeting at her apartment. She had grown up with Jewish traditions along with attending a UU church and was eager to share here tradition of Hanukkah with her fellow UU young adults. She was going to make the traditional Hanukkah food of latkes and the rest of us were to bring drinks and snacks to share. On the day of the party we all trickled into here place staring at 6:30. The earlier arrivals helped her to make the latkes. Once we all had arrived and most of the latkes had been cooked we sat dawn to eat. After we had finished our meal of latkes topped with apple sauce we listened to a recording of one of the traditional Hanukkah prayers she had on her computer and we lit the menorah. We lit all the candles of the menorah as if it was the last day of Hanukkah and this would be the last time we would see most of us until the new year. After she had explained abit more about this holiday we all went and sat on comfy furniture for conversation. We talked about all kinds of things including how sharing of tradition like we had just done was something we would all like to do more of. After a little while our host got out a children’s picture book she had grownup being read to her by her parents durning her Christmas celebrations. It was a French book about Saint Nicholas’ evil brother Pere Fouetchard who punished the noughty children on Christmas be stealing their gifts and whipping them. She read it to us just like she would regularly read books to the young children she taught religious education at the church to. After the story we had a little more conversation. And when it was time for us to go, we all left knowing we had partaken in something really special.

What are these storys telling us? The first one has in it an expressed desire by my fellow UU Young adults and I for more engagement with theology and ritual in our local UU churches. The second indicates a wish again by my fellow UU Young adults and I to celebrate and explore our ancestral religious traditions more with our fellow UUs. These stories are, I feel, an indication, if only anecdotally, that this new focus on theology and our religious heritage that I am calling us to undertake will be first embraced by my fellow UU young adults and I as we are already expressing a desire and I would say a need for this in our churches and UUism more broadly. I also believe if this new focus on theology, our religious heritages, and their accompanying rituals is to be fully embraced, we as individual UUs and collectively as local churches, will need to embrace a new style or way of doing things within our local churches and more broadly at a national organizational level within groups like the CUC here in Canada.

What will this new style look like? It will be one that encourages and makes room for moments designed to stir the soul, move the heart and invigour the body, as much, but not more so than the mind. It will be a style that continues to value intellectually reasoned discussion as part of its offerings while, at the same time striving to offer more opportunity for us to add components geared towards experiential experiences into the mix. Where will we find what we need to help us shape and mold this style into being? I think we have to look no further than to our UU youth community and its more than fifty years of history. What are some of the things this community has to offer us that will help in this endeavour? The major thing I feel it has to offer us is what it has to say on worship. The style of worship that is most commonly done by our UU youth at their youth conferences and sleepovers is one that is known as “UU Circle Worship”. UU Circle Worship has at its core, feeling. Its aim is to get its worship attendees, through the use of ritual, to feel a topic, idea or theme, rather than to think on or analyze it, which is what is usually the goal we have for our Sunday morning worship. It has also been described as a kind of communion by longtime UU Sharon Hwang Colligan. And it is this communion that we need to embrace if this new focus on theology and the theology of our religious ancestors is to take hold and be come our saving grace. I will leave you with this poem of mine called Finally Time, that I wrote earlier this year.

Finally Time

Going to unleash the
Big one this time
‘Cause its finally time
For us to mature
This thing we’ve now
In this sacred space
We’re just being spiritual
Spiritually oh so adolescent

Going to unleash the
Big one this time
‘Cause its time for
Us to be able
To say this thing
In this sacred space
It’s our own spiritualities
That are now maturing

Going to unleash the
Big one this time
‘Cause its finally time
For us to mature

Finally time
For us
To mature
This thing
In our
Sacred spaces
And it’s
Our spiritualities

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What I think are the best albums of 2011

I have listed and discussed what I think are the best albums of 2009 and 2010. Now I will give you my third yearly list of best albums of the year.

At number 4 we have “The Road” the debut solo album by Tricia Brock lead singer of the Christian rock group Superchick. It is not as rocky as the releases put out by Superchick being as it is a Christian pop/worship album. The standard release has 11 tracks and the deluxe edition includes an additional two songs. The themes on the album include trusting in God and, finding sanctuary and strength in The Lord (Jesus). The stand out track is the rocky number Everything In Me. I give this album 3.5 out of 5.

At number 3 we have “16 & 1” by country group Doc Walker. This is their seventh and most rock flavoured album to date. I would say the tracks on this project are a bit less stylistically cohesive compared to those found on their past albums which for me is a bit of a draw back. The major themes of the album are love of where you are from, in the case of the men of Doc Walker that would be rural Manitoba, rocking out and being in love. The stand out tracks are the Eagles sounding love song Hard Act To Follow and the slow and most traditionally Doc Walker style love song Do It Right. This is not the album I would recommend if one was to be getting into the band for the first time. For a first intro to the group I would instead recommend their 2001 album Curve or their 2009 release Go. I give the album 3.8 out of 5.

At number 2 is “Lady & Gentlemen” by country singer LeAnn Rimes. It is the second album of hers to feature classic country country songs. The stand out tracks are Swinging, When I Call Your Name, The Bottle Let Me Down, and Give the only new track on the album. I give this album 4.5 out of 5

And at number one is “On the Evening Side” by country singer-songwriter Charlie Major. The songs on this album are don in Charlie’s signature heartfelt style and feature his usual themes of love, living and life. For those that have heard his other albums this album doesn’t offer any new takes but just more of the same wonderful honest songwriting and deliverance. And for as an intro to his music this album would make a fine chose. The stand out tracks are Though Gods Eyes, Keep an Eye Out for Me and Keep On Living. I give this album 4.8 out of 5.

In addition to these 2011 albums I discovered some wonderful ones this year from years past. Here is a list of some of them.

  • The 2010 album “Hanging On By a Thread” by Christian rock group The Letter Black.
  • The original 1995 UK release of the album “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” by country singer Deana Carter. It should be noted that this version of the album only shares three songs with the later 1996 North American release.
  • The 2010 album “Speak Now” by country pop singer Taylor Swift
  • The 2007 EP “Lanae’ Hale” by Christian pop singer Lanae’ Hale
  • The 2009 debut album “Big Sky” by country music duo One More Girl
  • The 2006 pop album “Whatever We Wanna” by country singer Leann Rimes

What I think are the best albums of 2009

Last year I posted a list of what I think are the best albums of 2010. Seeing as 2011 is drowning to a close I think it is now time for my list of what I think are the best albums of this year. Yes it is, but I will save that list for my next post and instead bring you here my list of what I think are the best albums of 2009. I original released this 2009 list only via my Facebook account as a states update back at the end of 2009. I had intended to post it here on this blog but I had not gotten around to it until now. So here is what I think are the best albums of 2009.

At number 3 we have the album “Rock What You Got” by Christian rock group Superchick. This album contains 12 tracks. 11 of them being songs and 1 of them, track number 2 is a supper short sound clip prelude to the sung Alive entitled Alive [Prelude]. Track number 11 is a remix version of the song Stand in the Rain originally from their album Beauty from Pain 1.1. The remix is entitled Stand in the Rain (Symphonic Mix). And track number 12 is a less then stellar instrumental entitled Dave Ghazarian: Guitar Hero. This album has their typical positive we can make it though hard times if we just go carry on and keep trusting in God message. But this time the band has stepped up the electronic sounds and rocky feel just a few notches. All in all the album is wonderful that is except for the track Dave Ghazarian: Guitar Hero. So I’ll give it a 3 and a half out of 5. I would have given it 4 and a half out of 5 but the band had to include the track Dave Ghazarian: Guitar Hero.

At number 2 we have “Love & War” by Christian rock group BarlowGirl. It has as it’s message the call to stand up for love, in particular the saving love of God. This album is not as straight up rock as their previews albums have been as many of the tracks on this release veer somewhat in the direction of pop. The standout tracks on this album is the song Sing Me A Love Song. This song is a rocky number about being loved by and close to God. I’ll give it 4 out of 5.

And in the number 1 spot we have “Brand New Eyes” by rock group Paramore. This is a wonderful album of easy to listen to rocky songs with subtle but powerful lyrics. The best track from the album is All I Wanted. Just have a look at thees thees lyrics from that song:
“I could follow you to the beginning
And just relive the start
And maybe then we’ll remember to slow down
To all of our favorite parts”.
This album definitely deserves 5 out of 5.

I hold my church to a higher standard…

I would say generally people are more wiling to put more of their time and energy into the thing and the places that have been a positive in their lives. I would say also generally that folks are leas likely to want to invest much of their time and energy into the places and things that are a drain or negative influence in their lives. If a place say school has been a negative influence or drain on your life it may be a place you want to avoid. On the other hand say if church is a place you have always felt you could be accepted and nourished in, it may be a place and thing you hold to a higher stranded. And wen one is holding something to a higher standard it can often appear as if they are highly dissatisfied with it or an aspect or aspects of it. That could not be farther from the truth. I know that wen I am holding something to a higher slandered or standards I am expressing my trust and confidence in it and belief that it can be even better then it is already. For if I had little trust in something it would definitely not be something I would want to spend much time one.

The thing I hold to a higher standard is my church. Not specifically my local church which is currently the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax located in Halifax, Canada but rather, the wider spiritual and religious community to which it belongs which is the Canadian Unitarian Universalist (UU) community and UUism in general. I spend lots of time thinking and reflecting on how it can be made better. I don’t just hold it to a higher stranded as an institution or organization but as a place and a thing that can nourish and continue to nourish folks like it has and continues to do for me. So wen I express my ideas about my church I am only expressing my desire for it to become something for more amazing than it already is. And I think it already is something wonderful. Jut not as wonderful as it could be. Has it lived up to what I thought it would be the first time I experienced it in Ottawa wen I first entered the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa back in the Fall of 1990 as an 8-year-old? Well for the most part it has far exceeded it. Dose that mean I’m fully satisfied with it? No not in the slightest. For me to be fully satisfied with it, it would have to become something so deep and so moving that it would leave my skin tingling wen I leave it after a good time had and have me jumping up and dawn with anticipation of the next good time to be had there.

I think for my church to begin to be a place that I could be fully satisfied with it would have to start to do the fallowing:

  • actively in cloud discussion, worship and ritual focused one God as part of what makes up the regular church fare,
  • strive to have the adult spaces of the church be not just laid out to meet the needs of the adult joiners but in ways that attempt to serve the needs of all of its adult members, both raised and joiners,
  • be a place that recognizes that some of the adults members may not have grown up in and been hurt by a Christin denomination and may actually be looking for some of the comforts one can get from the Christian message,
  • bring more diversity of style to the worship services, in clouding looking to the youth and young adult communities for inspiration in this area,
  • move away from seeing church as something that is mostly all about Sunday mornings at the locale congregations to, something that is seen as spanning from Monday to Sunday wherever UUs happen to be,
  • actively in cloud discussion and practice of Christianity as part of what makes up the regular church fare.

This list is just some of what would move my church, the UU Church to becoming more wonderful in my eyes.

So yes I do hold my church to a hire stranded. And at times it can seem like I am just unsatisfied with this or that aspect or aspects of it. That could not be farther from the truth. I know that wen I am holding something to a higher slandered or standards I am expressing my trust and confidence in it and belief that it can be even better. I remember back wen I was in grade 4 I had this teacher named Mrs. Howell. She had me write a creative writing story. I had to start of by putting together an outline indicating what it was to be about. I think it was to be about initially road hockey. I say initially about road hockey because after I had started writing it I gout this idea to turn it into yes still a road hokey story but now one that in clouded UFUs and an alien encounter. I think I only argued and pleaded with my teacher to make this change because I trusted in the wonderful teaching ability she had. On the other hand if I had seen her as a not so good teacher then I think I would have not even attempted to get the ok to make this change in the story. Did I get the ok as far as I can remember I did not. Do I still have the story? I think not. The point here is we as people, we strive and work at making the things and places that have been a positive in our lives better, far more often than we do the once that are a drain or negative on our lives.

And like my grade 4 teacher Mrs. Howell how I held to a high stranded I now hold me church to a high standard. I listed some things that I think if my church where to implemented would, take it in my eyes in the direction of becoming a more wonderful place. Will it be an easy road to go in getting these things don in my church. No, not at all. Dose that men I should not try and get some of them implemented? It just means some of them will take a wile to see manifested into a reality and, some will never be come a reality. This is because others how also hold my church witch is also their church to a higher stranded have a differing idea as to what that stranded aught to look like once manifest.

Should I just sit around and bemoan the fact that my church is not going in these directions. No, definitely not. Insisted I think the wise course of action for me to take is to start crafting and articulating a plan that would help to bring some of the things on this list into a reality. And then rallying folks to help me see the plan is implemented. Will this be a easy thing to do? Well it will be a herd road to go dawn. But it will be a road that once walked will bring me and I hope those who come after my more satisfaction with and willingness to work at doing the hard work need to make this our church a more wonderful place to call our home.

What I think are the best albums of 2010

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There have been many great albums realist this year. So I thought I would give you a list of the ones I thought were the best. I generally think what makes an album great is its relisten ability. Yes an album that you can only stand to hear ones or twice or even just a few times I feel is not that good of an album. Also I think the quality of the lyrics that the songs on the album have is something that will determine whether or not the album is bad to only just good or if it is truly really a wonderful album. Just having good lyrics is not enough to make an album truly great. I feel the music also plays a crucial role in this. If the lyrics are over shadowed by the music cosing them to be hard to hear then this will bring dawn the relisten ability the album may otherwise have had. So with out further ado I give you my list of the best albums of 2010.

At number 5 we have a vary resent release from the Christian alternative rock band Flyleaf. It’s an extended play (EP) called “Remember To Live”. It includes 7 traces. The highlight on this EP is a track called “Okay” it was written in 2005 . As you can guess this EP is mostly old stuff. But that in no way makes it a repackaging of previously realist stuff. In fact it is mostly songs Flyleaf has don in consort that their fans have been asking them to record and release for years. The highlight track “Okay” is one of these songs. Okay it calls us to unify our thoughts with God’s and by doing this we can be saved by him. I.e. have him give us the ability to grab the best out of life. Overall it is an album that capturers the wonderful spiritual messages and powerful rock sounds typical of all past Flyleaf albums. I would have put it higher but as it is a vary new reseal I am not sure yet if its relisten ability is as high as some of the others. I give it a 4 out of five.

At number 4 we have an acoustic EP from Christian pop-rock singer Britt Nicole entitled simply “Acoustic”. On this EP we get 5 acoustic recording of songs from her first two albums “Say it” and “the lost Get fond” plus a newly recorded track called “Found By You”. If you liked the songs before you will still like them now. Yes some times by striping dawn the tracks the lyrics can shine even more and this is the case with this EP. I give it a 4 out of 5.

At number 3 we have “Beautiful History – A Hit Collection” by Christian alternative-tinged pop-rock singer Plumb. As the tittle of the album suggests it is indeed a greatest hist album. This album features two CDs. The first CD is made up of her biggest hits and a few new songs. Some of the big hits on this CD get new 2010 treatments. The second CD contains some of the many dance and club remixes that have been don of some of her hits. All in all it is a good album for the big Plumb fan as well as a good introductory one for one just getting into the music of Plumb. I give it 4 out of 5.

At number 2 we have “Reinvention” the second remix album by Christian rock group Superchick. This album is kind of like a hits collection but, instead of just giving us the hits the band has gone back into the studio to mix the hits into more danceable but still quite rocky versions of the originals. They even throw in a few new tracks. Overall this album may not do much for the casual fan of Superchick but for their big fans as well as the new to their music it will really get them pumped not to mention wonting more from them quick. Also this album is full of their signature positive hang in there messages in audition it will give hours and hours of listing pleaser to you. I give it a 4 and a half out of 5.

And at number 1 we have what I feel is the best album of 2010 and it is “For Those Who What” By Christian rock band Ferflight. One of the thinks good about it is its over arching message that hard and difficult times are things God uses to help us be stronger and more passionate about him and life. The stand out track from this album is “Fire in My Eyes”. Just look at this excerpt from it.
“Used to live my life
Locked up inside a room with no door before
You found a window, You broke it
And now I won’t be contained anymore”
Simply brilliant inset it. Well this album is really just one of those albums you will wont to put on wen you are feeling bombed out or just simply wanted to keep yourself positive and pressing foreword. I give it a 5 out of 5.

So there you have it my list of what I think are the best albums of 2010. I know these albums may not be for you if you don’t like rock music and especially if you are an atheist. But for others I think they may just find in them inspiration and courage to keep living life knowing that by trusting God we can’t fail at least in the long run.

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Blogs by UU Christians and Christian leaning UUs – now searchable via Google Custom Search

In addition to being able to bookmark, and subscribe via RSS to my list of blogs by Unitarian Universalist (UU) Christian and UU Christian leaning folks, you can now also search them via Google Custom Search. I hope you find this new search capability useful and fun to use.

Blogs by UU Christians and Christian leaning UUs – now via RSS feed

My list of blogs that are written by Unitarian Universalist (UU) Christian and UU Christian leaning folks is off to a great start. But if you have been thinking wouldn’t it be even better and more convenient if you could follow them all with just one feed through your RSS reader of chose well, now thanks to “pipes” an aggregation service from Yahoo you can. All you have to do is pomp this “http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=0d31c54193ed1de758c28a391fd01cf5&_render=rss” into your feed reader of chose or click here. Or alternatively you can now find them in the sidebar of this site. Hope this is useful and helpful.

Seeking to build a list of UU Christian and UU Christian leaning folks on Twittter

I have started my list of blogs that are written by Unitarian Universalist (UU) Christian and UU Christian leaning folks but, it has come to my mind that an easier way to fallow them may by through twitter. If you are like me you tweet all your posts with Twitter. Also there may be some UU Christian folks who just twitter plus some UU Christian related groups that may also tweet that are worthy of fallowing. So if you are a UU Christian or a UU Christian leaning person who tweets just let me know below or by messaging me on Twitter (@realmdee) and I will add you to the list. You can do the same if you know of a UU Christian related group.

Seeking blogs by UU Christians and Christian leaning UUs

I am finding my religious beliefs moving in the detection of Christianity but, I don’t think I can yet call myself a Christian. I am also fining that my connection to Unitarian Universalism (UU) my life long religious community is only getting stronger. My love of teaching UU Sunday school and gathering with my fellow UU young adults for fun and religious nourishment it, only seams to be growing. And If you checked the music on my computer you would find it is made up of tons of modern country music and yup Christian rock music as well. You would even notes if you looked at the music a bit more closely that the Christian rock tends to be newer additions then the country. Also if you were to take a look at my web history that I tend to visit mostly UU blogs and web sites and more resistantly, I have been one the hunt for ones with both a UU and a Christian theme to theme. I was thinking it would help me and probably others who are moving in this religious direction if, their could be a list off blogs by UU’s who are either Christian or Christian leaning folks. Such a list would help us to 1. realize even though we are a small minority’s minority we, are not alone and 2. give us people to discus Christianity from a UU prospective as well as its place in our lives and our UU lives with. I could create a page here on this blog of mine for them to be listed on. All I need to start this page is for you to send me some. I await your submissions.

I have been thinking about religion and my beliefs…

I have been thinking the last few years about religion and my beliefs. This religious thinking off mine it has really intensified over the summer. I have been working on a farm for the summer in BC as some of you who read this blog of mine already know and, If you read some of my other blogs including my poetry one (Lyricsofmylife) and my strictly Unitarian Universalist (UU) focused one (UU Quest) this thinking of mine will be even more obvious to you. Yes this summer I have been working on a farm and most afternoons including must Sundays (my day off) have been spend engaged in this thinking. This thinking has been accompanied by me reading my favourite UU blogs (primarily Sunflowers & Spirituality) and listening to Christian rock acts like Superchick, BarlowGirl and Kristal Meyers. Also those who read this blog will remember that I tried to read the whole Christian Bible both, the Old Testament and New testament last summer. I never got past the part in the Old Testament ware God tells this chosen people (the Israelites) to commit genocide against their enemies and steal their land for use as their new home land. The reason I could not get past this was I detest violence of all kind and find its promotion reprehensible. As well last winter I tired studying the New Testament in University but I could not take the historical and literary approaches that my teacher she had us use wen looking at it (mostly the Synoptic Gospels). In addition to all this I have had for a few years the feelings that Trinitarianism makes so much sense for me. not to mention I have Benn having great feelings of needing God more in my life. This Trinitarian feeling of mine and my great feeling of needing of God in My life are aliening with my emerging agreement with the sentiments that are expressed in some off the Christian rock songs I have been listening to such as; I Belong To You, Enough, The Beauty of Grace and In Your Hands. In addition the last two times I tuck the Belief-O-Matic quiz which is intended to help you determine which religion or spiritual philosophy is most compatible with your beliefs Christianity came up on top of the list and Unitarian Universalism my current religion and religious home was also near the top of the list. So What is this all saying? Well I think firstly it is saying I need to live a more God centred life and, secondly I think it is saying I need to explorer Trinitarian Christianity more and, thirdly I think it is saying I need to do this within a UU setting.