Saturday, June 19, 2010

Unitarian Invitation

This was an invitation I sent to people to attend my teaching at a Unitarian church (on the evolution of morality). Someone said they liked it, so I thought I'd post it to keep.

Reasons I'd like for you to go:

1) There is no replacement for church. Only at a church can you find a group of people that are there for no other reason than they want to be (as opposed to economic gain), who can love you for a life time (long term relationships!), who are diverse in age and socio-economic background (inter-generational!), who are committed to personal growth (the deepest ethical teachings are always religious - religion and ethics are inseparable!) and reaching outward to the community (helping the poor, the environment, underprivileged youth, etc.) and who love you just for you!!! It's a family!

2) Kids/families need a church. It doesn't take a village to raise a child. Villages don't exist in America anymore. It takes a church to raise a child. (see above)  Don't have kids?  Other people's kids still need you.

3) Only UU provides that kind of a sanctuary (think of the meaning of that word) for people that like to ask questions (like me)--agnostics, atheists, liberal, progressive thinkers. If you come I can introduce you to atheists, agnostics, followers of Christ, Pagans, Humanists, Jews, you name it! They're there! Why are they there? Because it is a community of people that haven't gathered together because of a shared dogma, creed or mythology, but instead because of shared values. While there are no set doctrines there are set values and I'm of the opinion that's a hell of a lot more important than your opinion on several thousand year old mythological teachings. Check out what the church stands for here with the Seven Principles:

4. Just try it. You may feel you have the above described type of community already.  Kudos.  Great.  My church is -not- the end all, be all of the world.  We don't have a monopoly on truth, nor morality, nor authentic community.  But, I would still like for you to try it and know that it can be an option for you in the future (or for other people). I certainly don't think you're going to hell if you don't, but I'd sure like for you to try what I think is the best unknown gem in town - Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee.

One reason I'm not inviting you:

1) To convert you. Identity is a really important thing for us humans and you don't have to change what religion you think of yourself as. Keep your religion, but still come. :)


  1. I was gonna write a blog about UU!
    I came across this video and thought i'd share :)

  2. true dat! I've most def seen that vid. Enjoyed it, but I'd still like to see more of a video presence of theirs online. Or, maybe I just mean more stuff that looks like it's been shot in the last decade...


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