Response to My UU Post
I received an interesting comment to my post on being a capitalist Republican Unitarian Universalist...
Roci wrote: Why would you belong to a "church" that doesn't believe in anything?Even the elks have more than that.On what basis does your "leader" get his moral authority to tell you anything?Not trying to throw stones, but I don't see the point in anyone attending such a "church", liberal or conservative.
Roci asks some good questions. It’s not uncommon for outsiders to think that UU churches don’t have beliefs or morals. If your definition of ‘beliefs’ and ‘morals’ is based on supernatural entities magically meddling with the natural world, then I would agree that we UUs don’t believe in anything (except for UU Wiccans, UU Christians, UU Polytheists, etc.). Seriously though, a majority UUs believe in the same Judeo-Christian moral teachings that most non-UU folks believe in. Most UUs deviate, however, from main-line religions when it comes to importance of supernatural forces.
Many UUs believe in God or gods and you can find your fill of supernatural talk if you know where to look. There are, however many more humanists than theists. I and the humanists I’m close to believe that the world’s religions are compilations of human wisdom sexed-up with mysticism. We choose to take the teachings and leave magic.
UUs do have seven guiding principals (inherent worth of all people, responsible search for truth, yada yada yada) that are pretty easy to accept. The thing I really like about UUism is that it acknowledges that no single religion has found ‘The Answer’ (in fact we have a hymn with the line: “to question is the answer”). Most UUs are well educated, thoughtful folks who never felt at home in the birth religion.
All that being said, UUism isn’t perfect. A few of my gripes:
1) Political correctness runs rampant
2) Too politically liberal– I’m convinced our national office is a front for the DNC
3) Hostile toward believers (really just Christians… I’ve never heard a UU minister attack Islam many faults)
4) Cheap – UUs give less (% of Income) to their churches than most other denominations
5) Too tolerant of bad behavior – both adults and children get away with horrible manners
The bottom line for me is that it’s really the only place my family can go to be a part of a religious community without having to make intellectual compromises. I was raised in a Jewish (Conservative) household and realized I was a humanist shortly after my Bar Mitzvah. My wife is a non-practicing Catholic who still enjoys the ritual of Catholicism but doesn’t have strong theological ties to religion. We have two kids that we wanted to expose to a religious community. UU is the only available option.
Two of my close friends are quite religious (Mormon and Evangelical Christian) and I’m somewhat jealous of the non-theological aspects of their communities: very sociable & thoughtful members, high level of commitment to their religious communities ($$ and time), welcoming to politically conservative views. Both would be a perfect fit for me if I could deal with all of the God talk. Actually, I could deal with it… I just don’t want my kids exposed to it.