Can anyone explain Unitarian Universalism to me?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (9 posts)
  1. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 6 years ago

    Can anyone explain Unitarian Universalism to me?

    After visiting their main website I am still clueless as to what they actually stand for.

  2. ChristinS profile image95
    ChristinSposted 6 years ago

    In the UU church the focus is more on building community, building individuals etc.  There is no dogma there, they focus on exploring all different types of beliefs and will accept you no matter what you believe.  You can be an atheist and be part of a Universalist Unitarian church.  I love that church because it is more about fellowship without religious BS.  Yes, they explore some religious principles and philosophies - but it's about learning about all the different types of belief systems, not telling anyone what to believe or not to believe. 

    The closest one to me is 45 minutes away so we don't attend, but I would love to.  I know people who go there and they do a lot of good in their community with their programs. 

    Sometimes not standing for anything is the best path - it opens you up to exploring all the possibilities. I don't look at them that way though, I look at them as standing for the value of each person and for being open minded.

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The one here is 45 minutes away also, I'm debating on making the drive. Sounds like what I have been looking for.

  3. profile image0
    Marie Brannonposted 6 years ago

    At the UU church in Houston, Texas, the focus seems (to me) to be more on LGBT rights than anything else.  Unfortunately, I'm not an activist of any ilk, so I've only attended services once. 

    I agree with Christin's overview of the church, and if there were one in my area without such a political agenda, I would attend and join.

    Just my two cents' worth.

  4. Mike Marks profile image73
    Mike Marksposted 6 years ago

    first of all, note the 7 principles of UU: 

    The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
    Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
    Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
    A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
    The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
    The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
    Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

    some UUers believe that it is all summed up in the 7th, final principle.  UU is based on "humanism"  and its members included Walden's Thoreou and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    They believe in love and kindness, and to actively express such in their works in their community.   They respect anyone's belief, though there may be arguement about a belief conforming to love, kindness, and the seven principles.  You may enter an athiest, a christian or jew or moslem, a hundu or buddhist, a shaman or witch... the response will be "that's interesting, how does that work for you, how does that work for all creaturekind and the planet?  UU will not try to bend you to any of the listed belief systems or their denominations, for me the definition of a noncult.  Some churches have a minister, some choose, and are free to choose, to be laylead allowing members of the congregation to take turns giving a sunday presentation.

    Some "religions" will host a costly revival in a stadium to celebrate God's love... UU would sponsor a refuge from Burma to express their love... or, in line with the principle of respect, support issues such as gays right to marriage.

  5. kaloomba profile image75
    kaloombaposted 6 years ago

    The bottom line is that it is a collective group of individuals, coming from all walks of life, that gather under the same "roof", bringing their OWN ideas and principals to the table. This setting provides a place for A LOT of strange and unusual beliefs where people can go and not expect to be judged for these beliefs. This includes the gay lifestyle as well as all other manners of beastiality, etc., which became rampant back in Caligula's day (the Roman emperor of his time)...

    1. Mike Marks profile image73
      Mike Marksposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      you make the leap from gay to beastiality?  Out of kindness to peeples, the person asking the question, perhaps you could restrain yourself from offering disinformation, or as some people call it "lying", to suit whatever your personal agenda is.

    2. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Kaloomba I did not mean to delete your comment, feel free to repost. I meant to hit the comment button! My apologies.

    3. kaloomba profile image75
      kaloombaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Mike, I have no other agenda than to help people understand that embracing or adopting an "anything goes" mentality provides the opportunity for ALL manners of beliefs, attitudes, and behavior!

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)