The United Deist Church
This is a personal essay submitted by Rev. Keith R. Wright, president of the
United Deist Church.
Recent reports show that traditional Christian churches in Europe, Canada
and the United States have shown significant changes in attendance over the
last twenty years. It is believed that by the year 2020, Christianity will
become a minority belief system. What will happen to the church community?
What are some of the reasons? What does the future hold?
Traditionally, the Church has served many purposes in the community. A
place to celebrate the milestones of our lives. Births, marriages, and
deaths are all places into the framework of religious belief in the
explanation and glorification of God. It is a place of comfort during
troubled times and intense trauma to the community. It is a place of social
and religious education. Since church attendance has fallen, this function
has been abandoned or absorbed by other social structures within the
Some of the potential reasons for the decline in worship are, the
improprieties of the clergy, financial obsession, charlatans, ambivalence,
a doubting of faith or loss thereof, death, and leaving the community.
Recent headlines over the Roman Catholic Church and the inability of the Vatican to reach an
agreeable solution to the abuse crisis have caused many to reject their
faith. Constant cries for more money to serve this ministry or that and how
ordering a fetish over the phone may grant you special anointing from God
anger some and disgust others. Faith healers are being exposed on major
networks and people are speaking out against the charlatans who take
advantage of the suffering of others. Some people just don't care about
church at all. Many people turn away from their faith rather than to it.
They can't reconcile what their religion says about life and the pain which
they are feeling in the loss of someone. Traumatic experiences where cries
to God for help which go unanswered cause the person to feel unloved by God
because they believe that prayers should be answered. Finally, the church
suffers from people moving and not adopting a new place of worship in order
to start new roots.
What are we to do as people begin reasoning their way through religion
and wake up realizing that God doesn't speak out of a book? Many go to the
internet begin searching. Many end up at our website and are in tears.
There are more of you out there than you know. You believe in God, you know
that God exists because either your heart tells you and your brain reasons
that revealed religions don't have the answer; we are no closer to peace and
love than we were 2000 or 6000 years ago. The moral guidance offered by
these religions has not stifled the corruption of government, industry, or
the church. When you read your holy book, were you surprised at the errors
in it and questioned the validity of a divine document with so many flaws?
Do you fluctuate between belief in God and doubt because the thought of not
having a group to associate with makes you uneasy? Do you believe in an
intelligent design to the universe or believe that God created the universe
and then went away? You may be a Deist. For centuries the belief in an
architect of the universe was kept to oneself. You were a believer or a
heretic. There was no advantage of community for those who believed this
way and after the great awakening, many deists turned to Christianity rather
than be branded a social outcast. This is where Deism has failed...until
We are attempting what has never been done before. We are hoping to
combine the Deist belief in God and the community of the familiar church.
This is not a Unitarian Universalist Church. We are not concerned with the
vibration of crystals, the Earth Goddess, Drumming Circles, male/female
bonding, talking with spirits or being theological gelatin. We believe in
God. We believe in celebrating our existence on this planet with our fellow
man in community, not alone. We want to celebrate the milestones of our
life in the spirit of community in our relationship with God. We don't need
millions of dollars to build universities, send satellites into the sky, or
preach of the fall of man.
We are taking the first steps to creating The United Deist Church. We have been on the internet since 2002-APR and have
made much progress to defining who we are and where we are headed. You are
invited to become part of this exciting adventure where we cast off the
chains of superstition, dogma, and doubt and create a new expression of what
is divine to us and how we may express that in a religious community.
Tenets of the United Deist Church:
"I freely believe in God as being discovered through nature and
reason, rejecting revealed religion and its authority over humanity. I
believe that all humans are equal. Further, as God has not shown favor for
one people over another and has given us all that we need, that we should
follow God's example and give to others as we can."
- The official web site of the United Deist Church was at:
http://www.uniteddeistchurch.org At some time between 2004 and
mid-2009, this website was take over by an airline ticket seller.
However, other websites by Keith R. Wright are:
Copyright © 2003 by Keith R. Wright
Originally written: 2003-JAN
Latest update: 2003-DEC-22
Author: Keith R. Wright