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 a number of our conversations: children.

In the spirit of enlisting a village, we parents want resources to help address — not necessarily answer — the questions our children will invariably raise. We want our children grounded in the diversity of religious traditions that grace the world. And we want them to develop the faculties to evaluate these belief systems and fashion their own. In some cases, we may even find it necessary to protect them from being subsumed by fundamentalism.

Thanks to Jane Roper for telling her story. And for bringing her hopes and energy to her local UU church.

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