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7 years ago  ::  Aug 19, 2011 - 12:45PM #61
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Here ya go, GL:

Or on a regular basis, you can look on the Forums index page near the upper right corner where it says "Discussion."

Click there and then scroll down to "Discuss UUism."
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7 years ago  ::  Aug 19, 2011 - 7:00PM #62
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Thank you. Done. :)


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6 years ago  ::  Jan 13, 2012 - 12:55AM #63
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Go with God:
With God there is life, love, and peace.
Honor the Father and Mother -- then you grow.
Honor all living things -- this is truly being.

With love,

Rev Dorris
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 30, 2012 - 1:19AM #64
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Real spiritual religion is an eternal contradiction.  How can we fill that "god shaped hole" in people without having dogma, without telling anyone what to believe?  If we try to come up with specific beliefs, it loses its spiritual nature and becomes dogma; if we don't say anything specific, no one knows what we mean.  If you can say it in words, it isn't God.  God or First Cause, or Spirit, or whatever you want to call it, cannot be defined by words, or it gets reduced to what mere humans can understand.  It is like reducing the "spirit of Christmas" to Santa Claus: necessary for those of child-like comprehension, but not satisfying for those more advanced in understanding. but, if you can't talk about it, how can you pass on any spiritual wisdom to another?  This is where Zen gets its koans.  How can you say the Unknowable? and yet, many do know, at least something, some fragment of true spirituality.  Many have had what they call the Religious Experience.  How do you convey it? How do you share it?  You can only talk around it, unsatisfyingly. 

but living in this contradiction is essential.  If you fall victim to creating dogma, you fossilize Spirit, and it becomes dead.  If you don't talk about it, religion becomes a social club.  So what to do?  We talk about what the Spirit calls us to do in life.  We find that the Spirit calls us to be honest, kind, compassionate, helping, etc.  We find that the real essence of religion is not what we believe but how we are called to be and to act.  but we can't just act, no matter how well, we have to connect it to why we feel that call to act with care and compassion. 

That, UUism could do more of. 

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