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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 community.

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.

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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 now.

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."


  1. 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:

    bullet"-----The Irreverent Reverend--------------Fort Lauderdale------Florida and Southeastern United States," at: http://www.geocities.com/
    bullet"The United Deist Church of Asheville," at: http://www.geocities.com/

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Originally written: 2003-JAN
Latest update: 2021-MAR-21
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