Hi, I'm from the Philadelphia-Reading area. I'm not a regular churchgoer but my wife and I sporadically attend a UUA church near us. Though I still self-identify as Christian, it's more as the Borg/Crossan/Spong liberal type, and it's easier to be such as a UU than as a member of many other churches. Mixed in with this is something of a universalist and interfaith perspective, which Unitarian-Universalism seems to embrace.
As for the personal, mostly I like reading and I also write occasionally. I'm an avid motorsports fan and like just about any form but NASCAR and even with NASCAR I follow it enough to like a few drivers and know what most of the soap opera plots are. I also like biking when I actually get up and do it, which isn't often enough.
My name is Kim, and I live in Toledo, Ohio. I've been a member of BeliefNet for about a month now.
Although I was raised in the Roman Catholic Faith, I now consider myself to be a Unitarian (I took the Belief-O-Matic quiz, and was so happy to discover an actual name for my beliefs)! I have not as of yet officially joined the local Unitarian church, but I'm considering doing so in the near future.
Some of my interests include cooking and baking (I have a ton of cookbooks!), tarot, numerology, movies, music (80s & Classical), reading, walking, candles, Victorian era/vintage pictures and my cats.
Well, that's about it. Just wanted to take a moment to say 'hello' and introduce myself! I look forward to learning more about the Unitarian faith!
I have been a member here for a couple of years, but haven't been on much because of school.
I'm taking this next year off and will have a lot of time to learn more about UU. I was hoping to meet some other people in this faith to see more of what it is about.
It's exciting to see so many people here! Most people I talk to haven't even heard of this, so I'm thrilled to get to know some of you. :)
Well, I'm brand new here. I've just begun researching this kind of religion today, but I already know how good of a fit it is with my beliefs! I grew up as a very strong Christian, but my faith began to waver. Not because of God, but because of the human beings that created religion. God isn't going to hate you because you chose to worship him in a different way. I believe that God is kind and loving, and that is why I am here! :)
I come to you a torn and confused individual. I've always considered myself both very religious and spiritual, having a very special and close relationship with God. However, I find myself growing more and more tired of man-made religion, to the point of becoming desperate and angry.
I was raised in a large, very conservative, very Christian family. Their opinions on their brand of God are quite strong, to say the very least. I grew up simply accepting this as the truth. I was taught and told that, in order to grow closer to God, I had to read my Bible. Well, the more I read it, the further I get from the idea of Jesus. The more sceptical I become of the men who constructed this Holy Book. Mine is not a lack of faith in God, but rather a severe lack of faith and trust in man.
Why is it that, according to the Christian churches, that God can be 3-in-One (we're supposed to believe that, no matter how inconsistent with logic it might seem, because God can do anything)... yet only that? Why can't He be any of the other gods around the globe as well? Why is God so powerful, yet so limited and pidgeon-holed into the framework of the Abrahamic understandings of Him?
In short, I am not satisfied with Christianity, no matter how many denominations I've bounced to - yet I am afraid of being wrong and causing my own damnation. I don't know if I TRULY believe in that any more, but I have enough fear and guilt left over to keep that possibility alive and well atm. I've even considered Judaism, but that doesn't totally resonate with me, either.
I came here in the hopes that someone who isn't so biased might be able to give me some much needed support.
Thanks and God bless you all!!
Just joined BeliefNet. I am a member at a local UU church. Became a member two weeks ago. I knew from my first visit this was to be my spiritual home. I am UU first and foremost. I do also practice Buddhism(as best as I can) and am feeling a strong pull toward Paganism. I am not interested in spells and things of that sort. The pull is more to the earth based side of it all, to the Gods and Goddesses. So right now my path is all jumbled up which can be stressful at times,but I know it will all work out in the end.
My husband does not attend. But supports me 100% when it comes to me being a member of the church.
Hello all; new user. I've been a member of my local UU for a year or two. I live in a small Midwestern town with a Christian church on every corner and they are all basically the same. There is not one liberal Christian church here but we have a small house church of the UU that is partially served by an associate minister at a more established UU a couple hours away. I signed on here hoping to connect with UUs out there in the real world.
Hi all! Just clicked to join the group and I am already glad I did. I'm looking to communicate here with others who are looking for answers and providing them. I was raised Church of God, rebelled as a teen from that and never have attended church regularly. I felt like a fraud sitting in the pews, because I did not believe in a punitive God, or one where I had to jump through hoops to join the club.
I have been struggling for some reason this past week with my spirituality. Before it just was. Now I am at a point of angst where I need to jumpstart life again.
Thanks to all in advance for being who you are!
Hi - new here. Trying to figure out if UU is what I am. I'd like to think I'm christian but I think most "real" christians would pass out if they knew that I considered all religions ok - and thus, the idea that there is not "only the one god, Jesus...". But, when I attended the UU church I felt nothing and I do feel that in a christian church although I don't agree with a lot of their "requirements". So, I end up feeling like a fraud...but I don't want to go to a church where I leave and I don't feel like I got the spiritual experience I needed in my soul. Yet, I can't really get involved in a christian church because I don't believe in some things the consider fundamental to the religion.
So....what to do....
Hey people! I've recently learned about the Unitarian Universalit philosophy and I must say I am very happy I came across it. I've been exploring the various religions that are out there by reading up on them online, and have had trouble with believing whole heartedly in any one particular faith. I like bits and pieces of different religions here and there, but then some things I just can't get into. But the Unitarian Universalist philosophy/religion is awesome. I love how welcoming and inviting it is to all!!! Anyway, just wanted to say hello to the other group member and introduce myself! Have a good one!