Over the last few weeks, my posts have been critical of certain aspects of Unitarian Universalism. I think there are issues we need to address if we are going overcome the attrition that we are suffering. It is a slow death, certainly, but as congregations fail, we will loose people who would rather have continued their participation. In short, things are likely to speed up, not slow down.
Why, then, do I spend the energy criticizing the movement? Because what we have to offer, at our core, is what I believe the world really needs. Our Principles are a fantastic guideline for sharing our planet with each other. Our message of inclusion, when we are truly living it, has changed lives and helped to rebuild families. I can honestly say that I believe Unitarian Universalism is a religion for our time.
I am passionate about my religion. I want to share it with people, not because I hope to dissuade them from their own faith, but because my religion’s Principles require no superstition, and many people will not have to give up any of the things they love about their own faith. Certainly, not every belief structure fits within the broad theological field estabilished by the 7 Principles, and that is a shame, but even if a person grasps only 3 of them to add to their personal philosophy, I think that it makes the world a better place.
I want to share those Principles, because I believe that they can be a covenant between individuals to work together to create a better community. We may disagree on tactics, but as long as we are acting with a balance of justice and compassion, and in ways that we believe affirm the worth and dignity of others, then we can debate, resolve, and work together in love and trust.
That is my vision: Each of us acting in covenant with the 7 Principles, building a better world, and winning minds and hearts through our example rather than through fear or debate. Our ideals can stand on their own, if only we would live them, and they will spread on their own if only we give them a voice. The Principles of the UUA are a meme of which the world is in need. We have truly Good News; I am only trying to improve the way in which we share it. We have a covenant; I am simply concerned that we live up to it.
I am UU, and despite all my concerns and even complaints, I am better for having found this vibrant, liberal faith and a loving community to share it with. I am passionate about making the Principles an active force in my life, and sharing them with others who are willing and able to see them as the ecclesiastical walls of our church: keeping no one out, but reminding those within of our commitment to each other and the world at large.