Message from the Minister
Unitarian Universalism Is a Covenantal, Pluralistic, Living Faith Tradition
Three aspects of our faith that set us apart from other Protestant religions are covenant, pluralism, and a living tradition.
Covenant simply means promise. But covenant also implies a promise that is deep, abiding, and sacred. Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal faith; in other words, our religion requires no creed-test or belief system. Rather, our religion asks each person to responsibly explore their own spiritual path while supporting fellow seekers in their journey. Therefore, it is not a uniform belief in God or the nature of the universe but the promise we make to each other to walk together in our learning and in living our religious values that holds us together.
Pluralism defines who we are religiously. Indeed, in our religion many beliefs co-exist under one roof. Although rooted in Jewish and Christian teachings, Unitarian Universalism calls on the texts and wisdom of all major world religions in trying to understand the nature of our existence. Moreover, a multifaith approach informs how we should live responsible, moral, and spiritually enlightened lives. In this congregation alone there are Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu practitioners, as well as many Humanists. Theologically, we range from atheist to agnostic to theist. While this may seem a bit diffuse, it helps if we understand that this is not a freedom from belief but a freedom of belief which each of us undertakes seriously and responsibly. Long ago during the Protestant Reformation, theologian Francis David understood pluralism well when he said : “We need not think alike to love alike.”
A Living Tradition
Finally, ours is a living tradition; in other words, revelation is not sealed. Our friends at the United Church of Christ have a saying: “God is still speaking.” We human beings are not only inspired by the content of sacred texts and prophets of the past, but we can yet be inspired by the divine in our living now– some may experience this as a feeling, an intuition, or a profound truth that is heartfelt, coming from deep within. Unitarian Universalists adhere to the notion of “the prophethood of all believers.” We embrace the idea that goodness dwells in every human being and that all of us have the capacity to receive divine inspiration whether our commune is with nature, or through spiritual practice, or by direct transcendent experience.
In faith and love, Reverend Kathy