Your 3rd Source of Unitarian Universalism
By now you may know that the very first source of Unitarian Universalism is your own personal, direct religious experience. And while our religion starts there, it doesn’t stop there. We draw on a variety of sources in our Sunday services and classes.
Here’s is our 3rd source:
Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
One of the things parents tell me is that they would like a place where their kids (or grand-kids) can learn about world religions in a respectful manner. You and I both know that there are plenty of religious traditions out there that teach that theirs is the only true religion and all others are false. They can teach about other ‘false’ religions in a ‘disrespectful’ manner.
When we look around at some of the religious based hatred in our own country and around the world, we know that teaching our kids about the richness in other traditions is part of how they grow up to form their own world view, how they ‘build their own theology.’
For our sermon topics, we’ll examine the “Evolution of Religion” along with common “Stories and Values” of some world religions. We’ll dive a little deeper into two religions from a UU perspective– Taoism and Islam.
As part of our series, we will also be sharing our offering with several of our international partners. There is the Tynring School in the Khasi Hills in India. Did you know there are 10,000 Unitarians in that remote part of India?
We’ll also share the plate with our Transylvanian Partner Church in Arkos, Romania (where the choir has taken several trips over the years). And we also share the collection with ANSWER – Nepal (American-Nepali Students’ and Women’s Educational Relief) which helps girls get an education and helps them get out of poverty.
Learning about other religions helps fine tune your own religion.
See you in church! –Daniel