The Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Faith

Arlene Van

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s UU service, past UUFSMA president, Arlene Van Note, a ten-year resident of San Miguel, shares insights into how the world’s scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience, and ancient traditions are woven into the Unitarian Universalist faith.

UU Service
The Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Faith
By Arlene Van Note
Sun, Jun 12, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

What exactly is the mission of this faith? It’s a bit complicated. We each have the freedom to determine our own beliefs. We affirm and promote the ability and responsibility of each of us to seek the truth and find meaning for ourselves. As we honor different paths, it’s easy to get off track and not think we have a shared mission, an actual religion.

But we do. We welcome and nurture spirits, foster respect and compassion for all people, and support a reverence for the web of all existence. We work for social justice to include the marginalized, and our expressions of love are the way we use our beliefs to create a better world in this life. We are people of all ages, many backgrounds, and many beliefs. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives, and in those of others.

The Unitarian Universalist liberal religious denomination was originally based on Christian and Jewish tenets. Along with the fundamental doctrine, certain characteristics have always marked those who embrace Unitarian Universalism: a large degree of tolerance, a historical study of scripture, a minimizing of essentials, and a repugnance to formulated creed. It has evolved into a broad-based acceptance of ideas, experiences, and beliefs from a wide cultural base, but with a deep-seated unity of principles and ideals. For those who want to hear more, a two-hour orientation course is offered on June 23. For more information, contact aavannote@msn.com for details.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.

 

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