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Why Join a UU Church?

After opting out of church and religion, Jane Roper and her husband have opted back in, joining a UU congregation. She tells why in this essay, recently published in Salon. Jane’s experience mirrors the stories of many who come to our UU churches. If you’ve been listening to this podcast, you’ve heard this theme in […]

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Indulge me in a bit of shop talk. Imagine an entrepreneur pitching a new venture to a VC over lunch in a swanky restaurant. The concept is a spiritual community, a church. “What makes this different from all the other churches, all the other religions?” asks the VC. The attraction for people (value proposition in […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 17

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Fred Shirley’s spiritual journey is captivating. For a young man, Christianity provided much-needed answers following a very difficult childhood. His new-found faith led him to the Baptist and Congregational churches, where he and his wife raised their family. Discovering the UU church, Fred found the freedom to face and explore the religious questions that had […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 16

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Gail Donahue is our guest for Episode 16 of Be Spiritual. Gail was raised Irish Catholic, both religiously and culturally. Ironically, it was the Catholic Church that pointed her to Unitarian Universalism. Today, Gail considers herself a proud atheist with a church — not at all paradoxical for a UU. During the conversation, you’ll hear […]

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What’s a Unitarian Universalist?

One of the challenges we UUs face is answering the question “What’s a Unitarian Universalist?“ Not that we don’t have answers, rather our answers tend to be rather lengthy, laborious, and conditional. Hence, the need for a cogent answer, both for us and the poor questioner — who may have neither time for nor interest […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 15

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Episode 15 features my conversation with Bill Kennedy, a relatively new UU. Bill seems driven on his spiritual quest – although he’s not really comfortable using the term spiritual. Bill’s path has taken him from the Congregational and Methodist churches of his youth to Judaism and now Unitarian Universalism, where he identifies with Religious Humanism. […]

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Noteworthy

I came across a couple of items this week that you may find interesting. Garrison Keillor wrote a column in Salon, Don’t Mess with Christmas, in which his subtitle reads It’s a Christian holiday, dammit, and it’s plain wrong to rewrite “Silent Night.” Unitarians, I’m talking to you! Keillor’s thoughts have prompted a bit of […]

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A discussion about Heaven

A long-standing joke about Unitarian Universalists, or UUs, goes like this: A UU comes to a fork in the road. An arrow points to Heaven in one direction, and another arrow points to a discussion about whether heaven even exists. The UU goes down the path eagerly anticipating the discussion. UUs laugh at this joke […]

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