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 because we are a questioning lot. We don’t accept much without first investing a lot of rational thought. And since so many religious “answers” are a matter of faith, we are usually content to live with the questions, to paraphrase Rilke.

I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them… Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.

Throughout our lives, we UUs explore the questions and arrive at many different answers. What unites us is this common quest and the deep respect for the principle that you have the right to your answers as much as I do mine.

We also believe in uniting as a faith community, one that supports our searches, shares our joys, and provides comfort during the difficult times.

Exploring the diversity of our views is the genesis for this podcast. With so many thoughtful people with various life experiences, and often little time to have deep conversations, these programs are intended to honor our searches, stimulate our thinking, and share Unitarian Universalism with a wider audience.

I hope you enjoy listening to these podcasts as much as I have. It’s a sacred privilege for me to have the opportunity to facilitate and record the conversations.

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