Three children were talking about their
religions. "I'm a Catholic," said one, "And our symbol is the cross." "I'm Jewish," said the second, "And our symbol is the Star of David." The third child said, "I'm a Unitarian Universalist and our symbol is a
candle in a cocktail glass!"
A Unitarian Universalist dies, and on the
way to the afterlife encounters a fork in the road with two options: The left path has a sign "to
heaven;" while the right has a sign "to a discussion of heaven." Without pausing, the UU
turns right, to the discussion of heaven.
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Unitarianism Universalism is an unusual religious organization.
Unlike most religions in North America, it
does not require its adherents to adhere to a specific set of beliefs. Its
membership includes individuals who identify themselves as
Humanists, Wiccans, or
other religious tradition. Many inter-faith couples
find it to be a comfortable religious home in which both spouses can gain spiritual nourishment.
UUs view the main
function of the congregation as facilitating the spiritual quest of its members. The main function of a UU minister is to help members of the congregation to develop their own religious belief system, and moral system.
Major concerns of
the UU religion include social justice and service to humanity. Most UUs readily
adapt their beliefs to the findings of science. Thus they were very active in
the abolition of slavery. More recently, they are actively working towards achieving equal rights for women, and the attainment
of equal rights, including the right to marry, for
homosexuals and bisexuals. They have an influence on
the culture that is far beyond what one would expect from their numbers.
A Brief history of Unitarian Universalism in the United States:
The North Shore Unitarian Church (NSUC) posted this two minute video on You Tube.
Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism worldwide:
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (commonly
called the Unitarian Universalist Association or UUA) is a liberal religious organization,
serving the Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations in the U.S.
Although created for UU congregations, fellowships and individuals, they should also be be of interest to religiously liberal and progressive individuals and congregations:
Videos: The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations has produced a series of short videos called "A Religion for our Time." The series highlights: "... inspiring work in Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, including innovative projects relating to worship, religious education, social justice, membership, and fellowship." They have titles such as "Joining Voices," "Opening the Doors to Diversity," "Worship that Rocks," "Connect, Respect, Protect," "Multicultural Ministry," "Deepening Faith through Service," "Cluster on the Cutting Edge," etc. See: http://www.uua.org/
"Tapestry of Faith:" These are "... programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love." See: http://www.uua.org/
Email lists: There are over 300 mailing lists hosted by the UUA. Their functions range from providing announcements of activities to discussions on various topics. See: http://www.uua.org/
Resources about UUs on the Internet:
The chalice symbol on either side of this essay's title was supplied by
James Estes, a UU seminarian, has produced an informative guide for persons
wanting to become a UU minister. It might also be useful to persons wanting to
investigate UU religion more deeply. See:
The author of this section and of most of the essays on this web site, B.A. Robinson, joined the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in 1954 and has considered his religious affiliation to be UU ever since, although he has been inactive for many decades.
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