Unitarian Universalist Church — San Antonio

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Sunday #21 – First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, 7150 W. Interstate 10

Had to do some research on this denomination, as I knew nothing about it before deciding to go. In my research, I learned that in 1961, the American Unitarian Association consolidated with the Universalist Church of America to form a …..tongue twister. Yep…all week, I flubbed up the name of this denomination over and over as I tried to tell people what church I was going to attend. I continually wondered whether the members referred to themselves as UUs, because saying that whole mouthful would be too difficult.

From the website I gathered that this was perhaps the most inclusive place of worship in San Antonio, as it openly embraces alternative lifestyles. To me, that’s a good thing, because everyone needs a place to worship without feeling his or her lifestyle is being judged.

Preconceived Ideas about Unitarian Universalists

I’ve never known anyone who worshipped in the Unitarian Universalist church. But, I’ll take a stab at what I think.

  • With a name like Unitarian Universalist, my guess is that this church has some similarities to Unity, Church of Religious Science and every other New Thought church
  • From the website, I believe I’ll see a lot of lesbian, gays and transgender types, since the website talks a lot about its openness to all lifestyles

Arrival

photo 2-6Even though I was early (surprise, surprise), I turned into the parking lot and into the back of a line of cars awaiting parking spots. Immediately, I chastised myself for not wearing flats instead of heels because this would obviously be a long walk. Then, I saw it….the Holy Grail – an empty visitor’s parking spot. SCORE!

I got out of my car and on my way to the sanctuary, I passed by a VW bug to beat all VW bugs. You don’t see many like this and I suddenly wondered if this was a strong indicator of the liberal leaning that I’d read about on Wikipedia.

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Weaving through people, I walked to the sanctuary, and was met by some friendly people at a table filled with literature for newcomers. I stopped, gave my name and address and then they started handing me a bundle of literature from all parts of the table. Balancing the papers, I made my way into the sanctuary and a cushioned pew at the back. I took a seat among people of all ages dressed in shorts, jeans, dresses, but saw no men in suits. At this point, the sanctuary was about half full, but it quickly filled to almost three quarters of its capacity.

Service Begins

photo 3-5With a loud gong, the service began. Music emanated from a large black grand piano on stage. A very talented musician tickled the ivories and set the tone for the service. Then, the interim pastor Reverend Dr. Maureen Killoran stood to give the invocation from an iPad. Then we sang from HYMNS! Of course, they weren’t hymns that I knew, but I was surprised nonetheless. I guess the Unitarian Universalists aren’t using the large projection screens with the highlighted words to the music as in many of the other churches I’ve recently been in. During the first hymn, children came down the center aisle with baskets of flowers for the service that would center on flowers.

I noticed a lot of children in the sanctuary. Many children walked around during the service freely, but no one seemed to think anything of it. They apparently felt comfortable being there.

Then, a call came for people to line up for the “Candles of Joy and Sorrow.” Apparently, if you had a joy or a sorrow for which you wanted to light a candle, you could queue up to light one near the front of the stage. This would have been a beautiful part of the service if the church organizers could have lowered the lighting. However, this sanctuary has many windows with lots of natural light, so that wasn’t possible.

Then came a beautiful song by the choir called “There’s a River Flowin’ in my Soul,” followed by the offertory, which in the bulletin used the words “Invitation to Generosity” – loved that wording, as well as the choir music.

Then the interim reverend gave a two-part message on the Flower Communion Story. Half way through, we all sang a hymn, and then she gave the second part of the message. That was different, like a message intermission. I wondered if every service was like that.

A music interlude followed, with the consecration of the flowers, another hymn and then parting words from the interim pastor, which I just loved: Today’s service has now ended; now your service begins. I’ve never heard those words said before, but I thought they were perfect for the conclusion of a church service.

People didn’t interact with me as I left the building, but they were definitely what I would call “peppy.” They all were full of energy and seemed to have pep in their step.

Post Service Commentary

I’m not sure what to think of this service. I expected something a bit more like Unity, Church of Religious Science or Divine Science. I didn’t hear any mention of Jesus Christ and only found the word “God” in a few of the hymns. Most songs were about the clouds, community and beauty, etc. Though I’ve never been to a Native American service, I would think it would have the same general feel. I’d call this church a true “feel good” church. While I didn’t get much from it, I’m glad there are denominations like this that are welcoming to gay, lesbian and transgender people, who often find it difficult to worship openly with their partner in an environment filled with judgment.

What’s Next?

What do you guys think of Russian Orthodox or Greek Orthodox? Not sure if I can find one in San Antonio, but I’ll look. I hear that’s quite different and would give me something to share. Anyone have any recommendations for churches that they’d like for me to peek inside? Let me know.

47 comments on “Unitarian Universalist Church — San Antonio

  1. David Rodriguez says:

    Thanks for visiting our church! I am glad you had a pleasant experience. The flower communion service is a special once a year service, but the structure is mostly the same as our other services. Thanks for your open-minded views. Hope to see you again sometime. Good luck on the rest of your journeys visiting other churches.

  2. Betty Dabney says:

    Thanks for blogging about First UU. I apologize on behalf of the congregation that no one welcomed you personally other than at the Welcome Table. You are obviously a seeker, as are many of us. Just FYI – you need to come to several services to see what it’s about because every one is different! Your quest to visit all these different denominations is admirable. “The paths are many, but the Truth is one.” When you return, ask anybody to point me out to you and I will personally welcome you and answer any questions about UUism you might have. Enjoy your quest.

    • mhn125 says:

      Betty,

      I totally agree about coming to many different services to really understand more about the faith. I’m reading the magazine that was handed to me to get even more inside information. Many times, I learn more after the service than I do during the service, as was the case with the Christian Science church.

  3. Sorry that no one seemed to interact with you – we are usually better than that. Just wanted to thank you for taking a picture of our bug. I am always in the nursery on Sundays so don’t get to meet many “new” people. It is always refreshing to see what visitors think of us.
    Sunday’s service was a special service. Since UUs don’t have any dogma we also don’t have a whole lot of ritual type things. We do have several special services throughout the church year & the Flower communion is one of them…Others are Water Communion (or ingathering as we refer to it) – people bring water from all the travels throughout the summer & we mingle the waters together at this service as a sharing of community & a sign that we are once again in community…the other is a Fire Communion & is usually held in January as we bring all of our regrets etc for the past year & burn them to start anew. Some U U churches (this one does) celebrate Dia de los Muertos with an altar & a sharing service.
    The children do go to the services but they usually only stay until after words for all ages & then they are released to the playground or the nursery. We also do have a number of progressive hymns – they are in that little teal book.
    Yes, you won’t find much mention of Jesus or God in a U U sermon because we believe that there are many paths to the ONE. You will find Pagans (we have an active Celestial Celebrations circle), Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists & Agnostics in our congregations. We believe that we need not think alike to love alike”,
    In July we have our 1 week Summer Camp. We previously did Harry Potter camps but this year we are doing a World Religion camp.

    I hope you will come back again sometime. Would love to meet you.

    • mhn125 says:

      Glenna,

      Was that your bug? So colorful. It just delighted me as I headed into the service. You are bringing smiles to many faces with that mode of transportation.

      Your water service sounds very unique and intriguing. Thank you for sharing more about the UU’s and what others can expect in your services. All this input adds so much to the original post and I welcome all the comments.

  4. Nancy Russell says:

    I too would like to invite you back for another visit to our Church. I have been a member of the Church for 20 years. Having been raised a Methodist and then sampling many other denominations over a period of thirty years, I finally found a spiritual home at First UU San Antonio. As a lesbian, Christianity pushed me away as a sinner. The obvious or underlying message was always that lesbians and gays were less than heterosexual Christians. That is still pretty much true today.

    At First UU SA I have found a warm and caring people who do not judge me for who God made me to be. And, my understanding of God has changed to one of love. We UUs have a strong tradition of social justice action in the community. Maybe you could come back some Sunday when we have a Social Justice Committee meeting following the service. There you could get a taste of the love and caring of this congregation.

    Normally our services include a time to “greet one another”. That is when we have a chance to meet and welcome our guests. That may have been left out of the Flower Communion due to time constraints.

    I hope that you will visit with us again and learn more about our “welcoming Congregation”.

    Nancy Russell

    • mhn125 says:

      Nancy,

      Thank you so much for your honest assessment of how you have been treated in other churches. I think this is such an important topic for all denominations to understand. I moved to Golden, CO from southeast Texas years ago and moved next door to two gay men raising a baby. For weeks, I played the Gladys Cravits role from Bewitched with my two fingers stuck between the blinds wondering where the woman was in the household. When I found out they were gay, I worried how my three young children would understand this difference in lifestyle. I pondered and worried how I would answer their inevitable questions. Then one day, my four-year-old came in after playing with the little girl next door. She said, “Mommy, Emily is so lucky.” I immediately cringed and asked why. She replied, “Because she has two dogs, two cats and TWO DADS!” Then I realized that I had been putting my own judgements and ideas about lifestyles on my children. Instead of something odd, they saw the benefit and the love. Children can teach us so many things.

      Over the years, these two gentlemen became some of my dearest friends and I stay in touch with them to date. When churches disparage alternative lifestyles, it is these two men that I see, and their now two adopted children, who have every right to worship God in any way they wish without judgement from me or anyone else. That’s why I wanted to come to your church, due to its openness and acceptance of alternative lifestyles. Thank you, Nancy for sharing your heart and perhaps I will come back at another time in 2015.

      • Betty Dabney says:

        There is a photo exhibit, “Love Makes a Family”, showing in the First UU Fellowship Hall through June. I was honored to take some portraits of some of our LGBTQ families to supplement it, along with their stories. The grand opening is this coming Sunday at 12:30, with a reception and showing of “Hanna Free”, a film starring Sharon Gless. Please consider this a personal invitation to come.

      • mhn125 says:

        Why thank you for the invitation, Betty. I’ve written it down, but all depends on the service that I go to next week. I’ve targeted Russian or Greek Orthodox (assuming I have the wherewithal to stand for one hour, as I understand that they do). I think one of those is located very near your church, so I’ll see if I can work that out.

        Marcia

      • Betty Dabney says:

        I know there is a Greek Orthodox church in Midtown, St. Sophia’s at 2504 N St Mary’s St. Have never been to a service there, but they put on a whoppingly good Greek Festival every year.
        Opa!

      • mhn125 says:

        Oh man. Maybe I’ll skip the service and wait for the Greek Festival and call it good! :-)

      • Betty Dabney says:

        You have to catch the free shuttle bus at the TriPoint parking lot on Mulberry @ 281. Go hungry, enjoy the gyros and baklava, and stay for the dancing show. It’s tons of fun.

  5. Marian Swellander says:

    I was sitting in the back row of the church and am sorry I did not welcome you. I did greet several folks that were new to me.

    As a member of some fifty years, I can attest to the fact that people of many different religious backgrounds have chosen the Unitarian Universalist church as their religious home. And they are happy to raise their children in an atmosphere of honest, open thought and debate about life and how to live an open -minded and thoughtful life.

    I also have learned that the people who stay with our church, whether they be straight or gay, old or young, well-dressed or in shorts and tee shirts, are usually folks who read, think, discuss, agree to disagree, and still work for a better community (locally or worldwide) in friendship. They work or volunteer for so many worthwhile activities and organizations within our community.

    To me, this church has become my family, one that I can call on if needed, can depend upon, and trust to be honest and fair. At 82 years of age, I find that reassuring. It fills my intellectual needs, my need for companionship & friendship, my need for the reassurance that there are many wonderfully smart, honest and caring people working to make the world a better place.

    • mhn125 says:

      Marian,

      Your comments are so important in helping people understand why you have chosen the Unitarian Universalist faith. I must say that I was surprised by the great number of heterosexual couples in the service, all well into their late 70s and 80s. This was something I didn’t expect. It goes to prove that there are those who support freedom and openness to all lifestyles, even if they have a traditional one. So many people don’t understand that. Marian, you’ve expressed well what you see in the church and have added greatly to everyone’s understanding. Thank you!

  6. Margarita says:

    Hi Glenna,

    Thanks a lot for visiting our church and giving an unbiased opinion about it. As UU’s we are proud of what we are. We don’t push people to become one of us but to come, know us and decide if this is what they are looking for. We look for the inclusion regardless of any matter . This makes us sometimes the only option for many that are looking for a place to connect with their spirituality without being judged regardless their condition.
    Good luck in your quest and thanks again!

    • mhn125 says:

      Margarita, You are so right. I can see the great love for community within the church. I loved how everyone seemed to have such spring in their step!

  7. Terri says:

    I’m pretty sure there are orthodox churches in San Antonio.You just have to hunt around for those.I went to a retreat at one with a friend-Greek food at lunch for the retreat was very good.(Apparently Greek food at Orthodox church is usually something with meat.) I guess it helps a lot if you are truly Greek or Russian…I’m not Greek or Russian…I don’t even know any Greek or Russian so I would feel a little out of place-but Greek food is awesome.You should go when there’s a food festival!!!

  8. Pat says:

    Dear MHN,
    I bet we didn’t greet you after the service, which we usually try to do, because we were all headed to those colorful, bountiful flower baskets! I hope you took some flowers with you on Sunday &, if you can, please come to our 12/24 evening service when it is dark; we all have lit candles & sing “Silent Night.” It’s very traditional yet very special & beautiful ever year.
    Pat

    • mhn125 says:

      I have a very beautiful flower that still stands (in water) at full bloom! Thank you very much. It is beautiful. Of course, I prefer close up parking spaces, if you read through my past blogs, but flowers are a nice touch! :-)

  9. Spohie Hille says:

    The whole inclusive thing, and free to explore your beliefs is what drew me to this church as well. Sadly, it is not as inclusive as it claims. Notice how most folks were white? And well off? And hyper-political?

    There are certainly some really decent folk at this church and they’re probably in the majority. However, there are a number of really loud, really mean-spirited voices that just drown out all the positive and kind of kill your soul in the process.

    You noticed that God is rarely mentioned – this is because most UUs are secular humanists with a little Buddhist practice thrown in. That’s cool with me but keep in mind, if you do wish to explore anything remotely ‘higher power-y’ this is not the place for it – you will be laughed at and demeaned. Your sanity will be questioned – I’m not kidding.

    All are welcome to serve – give your time and money – but you will never be accepted if you don’t walk in lockstep. Tragically ironic from a denomination which claims to be free of dogma. If you aren’t seriously devoted to liberal politics you just don’t count as fully human. If you’re not a tofu loving vegetarian who recycles and composts and performs ‘random acts of social justice’ and most of all if you’re aren’t completely smug about it, you will NOT be welcome ’round here.

    • mhn125 says:

      Dear Sophie,

      Indeed, I saw that the congregation was primarily white, however I did see a handful of Hispanics, but no African Americans. This is not unlike most churches that I’ve been to in San Antonio, with the exception of a few. I think everyone must evaluate the culture of the church to see if it is congruent with one’s on belief system. If things are as you depict them, then this church, but maybe not all UU churches would not be right for me. I’m socially liberal but fiscally conservative, so I don’t fit the typical mold of liberal-minded people. I did get the sense that I could take this church and transplant it to my beloved Boulder, Colorado and the people and culture would fit perfectly.

      Sophie, if you are unhappy, I’d encourage you to keep searching. I believe that people draw into their lives more of what they focus on, so if you are seeing many negatives, it might be time to take a break and visit other churches. That way, you may be able to return with a broadened view that you will appreciate. Just some thoughts.

      • Betty Dabney says:

        FYI- we actively foster diversity in this congregation. I take many of the pictures for the website uusat.org and our Facebook page, and give no thought to showing diversity at the time. It is very interesting to see how the pictures do reflect diversity. We have diversity of ages and race/ethnicity as well as beliefs, although I would be the first to admit that our demographics do not exactly reflect those of San Antonio. I expect if you were to visit large Protestant churches you would see a similar picture.

      • mhn125 says:

        Very true, Betty. I suppose the one church I saw the most diversity was at Cornerstone. However, that may be due in part to its large membership. The least diverse has to be the Quaker meeting that I attended. All it takes is one African American or Hispanic or Asian family to join who is dynamic and things just blossom from there.

      • Elizabeth Mount says:

        We actually have two UU congregations in Boulder, CO and one in nearby Lafayette as well. :) Thank you for sharing your experience in the church. I go to the UU Congregation of Asheville in North Carolina, and this post was a good reminder of what we do well, and what we could work on in many of our congregations. Thank you.

      • mhn125 says:

        Elizabeth, good to know about the ones in Colorado. I go there to see some of my kids, but not as often as I would like.

  10. Ann Perry says:

    Thank you for visiting a UU congregation. I was raised UU and have raised my children UU. The denomination is value based rather than belief based. We focus on our service to the greater community as we grow in our own spirituality on our individual path. “Deed not creeds” is a popular UU saying. There are over 1000 congregations across the US. I attend a congregation in central NJ. I hope you come back again soon. You are welcome.

    • mhn125 says:

      Ann,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I believe your comment that the denomination is “value based rather than belief based” explains a lot to readers and to me. Thank you for sharing that.

  11. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit a UU congregation! I’m sorry from your visit that you didn’t learn more, but it looks like the comments section is filling in some of the gaps. Another fun way to learn more about UU is through a card game that we developed as fundraiser here at the Unitarian Chuch in Summit (New Jersey). You can learn all about it here: http://www.getwellgames.biz/suuper-seven.html

    We are adding it to our new visitor orientation.

    • mhn125 says:

      Yes, Christopher, that’s what I’ve learned from this blog — oftentimes I learn more about the denomination and its people from the followup comments to the blog than from the original foray into a service.

      What an incredible idea that you’ve developed Christopher. I love this! Even booked marked the Web page for future gift idea for someone needing to Get Well.

      -Marcia

  12. Sharon Durrant says:

    That was a very thoughtful, and hopefully helpful reply to Sophie. I am saddened that she has such negative feelings about the expectation that she conform to certain ways of thinking and being in order to be accepted there. She has hit upon some of the issues that UU congregations struggle with in order to be more inclusive and diverse. Embracing the UU 7 Principles as individuals and as a community means that we continually work to be as mindful, inclusive and loving and welcoming as possible. Her description certainly does not fit First Unitarian of Orlando where I have been a member for over 20 years. I think the culture of our church is that if we become (or are made) aware of those kinds of tyrannies she describes that we work to make positive changes. Sharon

  13. Diane Harney says:

    As a long time UU, this sounds like a service at most UU congregations. My only observation to your blog is that I wouldn’t call this a feel good church. We celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and seek joy and love in all actions. But, I have always said being a UU was hard because we know there is no single answer and we are called upon to seek our truth.

    Glad you went to a UU service. When I was in college, I was seeking a religious community having found the one in which I was raised no longer felt right for me. A very wise Presbyterian minister gave me this advice for my search: go at least three times before making a judgment; and, stand when they stand, sit when they sit, and don’t do anything you are not comfortable with.

    Best wishes on your spiritual journey. And, please go back to the UU’s sometime soon.

    • mhn125 says:

      Diane, thank you for your explanation to my limited wording. Without full knowledge of the UU doctrine, I could only go by what I saw and experienced. Your explanation of what UUs celebrate is so much more succinct, so thank you for sharing that to help readers better understand. I agree with your Presbyterian minister friend. You can not evaluate a church on one service. It’s what I was cautioned of in the beginning of this journey. So, I try not to make judgements, but to share what I experienced at that one service. All of your comments help give the posting so much more context and richness to the UU experience.

  14. Betty Dabney says:

    FYI, here’s a great UU sermon making the internet rounds right now that is en point:

  15. Catherine says:

    I just want to make a clear distinction: Unitarian Universalists are NOT “Liberal Christians” We do not fit under the umbrella of Christianity, but are a completely separate religion like Judaism, Buddhism etc. There ARE UUs who identify as Christian, but there is an equal amount who identify as Atheist, Hindu etc. UUs can believe in the Christian God, but many do not/ are agnostic. We draw from the bible as frequently as the Qur’an, Torah, buddhist meditations, other poems etc. There are services that discuss the Christian God, but from a neutral perspective, as a service on Buddha would. Since UUs have all different kinds of beliefs, services are religiously neutral. UUs have our own right of passage called Coming of Age, and are united by covenant rather than creed. We believe in our 7 principals. Our symbol is NOT a cross. It is a flaming chalice. We have Christmas services, as well as Yom Kippur services as well as The Day of the Dead services.
    Many UUs are offended when labeled as Christian, especially those who come from Atheistic backgrounds, Jewish backgrounds, Wicken backgrounds etc. Many UUs have beliefs that come from MULTIPLE traditions, sources etc. Regardless of what those beliefs are, they are respected.
    I encourage you to go back into your web entry and edit accordingly so people do not think that our religion falls under Christianity, because that is inaccurate.

    • mhn125 says:

      Hello Catherine, thank you for commenting with clarification about more specifics on the religion. Can you share with me where in the blog that I mentioned that UUs were Christian? I’d be happy to change that buy I’m not seeing it as I re-check that blog. Many thanks.

      Marcia

  16. Catherine says:

    ” the most inclusive church in San Antonio”- Apples and Oranges to other Christian churches. Inclusive “place of worship” is better.
    “To me, that’s a good thing, because everyone needs a place to worship God without feeling his or her lifestyle is being judged.”- I’d remove the word “God”
    “You don’t see many like this and I suddenly wondered if this was a strong indicator of the liberal Christianity that I’d read about on Wikipedia.”- Again, separate religion NOT part of christianity
    “I guess the Unitarian Universalists aren’t as progressive in music as in other churches.”- First of all, this is simply untrue. We are VERY progressive in music- you yourself saw the common themes in our hymnal and how God and Jesus were not included. Music is one of the most important methods of worship to UUs.
    “pastor”- Perhaps this congregation’s minister likes the term “pastor”. if not, our preferred terms are “minister” and/or “reverend”

    An addition that must be made:
    Please discuss how since UUism came from two christian churches, some of the vocabulary is recycled. Many people refer to their “church” as a fellowship, congregation or society, for example, to show the separation. Perhaps also include that our symbol is the flaming chalice, and not the cross, as well as other means of distinction such as our rite of passage, 7 principles etc.
    Also, please do not use generalizations such as “I guess the Unitarian Universalists aren’t as progressive in music as in other churches.” Unlike a Lutheran church or Hasidic synagogue, UU fellowships have more diversity between congregations. And, your completely valid experience of one sunday at one congregation cannot sum up every Sunday at every congregation. Which is a large reason why others are encouraging you to make an additional visit.

    Thanks!

    • Catherine says:

      Also- to the point I made regarding “I guess the Unitarian Universalists aren’t as progressive in music as in other churches.”- First of all, this is simply untrue. We are VERY progressive in music- you yourself saw the common themes in our hymnal and how God and Jesus were not included. Music is one of the most important methods of worship to UUs.
      I would like to reiterate the idea of Apples to Oranges. We are not a Christian church.

      • mhn125 says:

        Catherine, I should have been more descriptive as to why I felt the church was less progressive in music than other churches I’d recently been to. I’ve gone in and added that description. I’ve written about that from time to time on this journey. Many of the churches today are using so much technology, including large screens with the music words projected instead of hymnals and that’s what should have been relayed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the music. The choir was wonderful!

        Also, I’ll refer you back to my first blog where I outlined in the beginning that I’d been warned that to truly get a sense of the church, one must visit several times. In this journey, that’s not possible. But, I will be visiting the churches that speak to me spiritually several times as I make a final decision on a church home. But for now, this is not about finding a church home, but rather gathering a better understanding of many religions and faiths. All of your comments have helped me so much to become even more clear about each one.

    • mhn125 says:

      Catherine, I’ve gone in and made a few of those changes for a more clear understanding of UUs and their worship style. However, I didn’t add to the blog with the additional information because I try not to go into the beliefs of each denomination, though it is occasionally touched on for clarity. If I did so, the blogs would be WAY too long, if they aren’t already. All of that information is fully available to those who want to research that. This blog is purely about my one-time experience as a first-time visitor and what I can quickly learn while there.

      I appreciate your comments, because truly I was unclear even after leaving the worship service as to whether UUs considered themselves to be a Christian church or not. Thank you for clearing that up for me.

  17. Please don’t feel the pressure to be comprehensive–you are writing about your experience of a single service, and you do it well.

    I’m a UU* minister far away, but just wanted to say welcome, and I wish you all the best on your spiritual explorations.

    Like some other US faiths, we are actively welcoming of LGBT folks without being a “gay church” (as distinct from, for example, the Metropolitan Community Church, which was specifically founded to give a religious home to LGBT people). We were ahead of the pack–we’ve been marrying same-sex couples in religious ceremonies for decades, have taken many denominational stands on LGBT rights, and have many openly-LGBT clergy, for example–and we are proud of that. But we are a church for all people, and as in the wider community, more folks in the pews are hetero and cisgender (=not transgender) than otherwise.

    As for theological diversity, well, some of us are Christians, some humanists, some Buddhists, some Pagans, some Jews, some atheists, etc., etc., and quite a lot of us are “several of the above.” You’ll find New Thought adherents too, even though we’re not connected in any way to Unity. We are bound together less by holding precisely the same theology or using the same religious practices as by our intent to seek the ways of truth, meaning, ethical living, and beauty together.

    Blessings,
    Amy

    *It’s long to type, too. ;-)

    • mhn125 says:

      Amy, I think you have summarized the UU faith so succinctly that I hope your comment rises to the top as I move on to my next new experience — with a Greek Orthodox church. Have any idea what in the world I can put on the top of my head that won’t make me sweat in the San Antonio heat? Oh wait….I have some leftover cheesecloth. That should work right? It breathes. If I were Orthodox or Muslim I’d definitely be a winter seasonal one, because wearing all this extra clothing really gets in the way of my worship experience. :-)

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