These (we, I must admit) folk, the UUs, believe in the MESSAGE of Jesus, but also acknowledge the good and true bits in other religions. After 50
years of searching, thinking, research, and introspection, I find that I am in their camp.
In addition to holding different beliefs on spiritual topics, individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify with and draw inspiration
from Atheism and Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Paganism, and other religious or philosophical traditions.
Our Unitarian Universalist faith has evolved through a long history, with theological origins in European Christian traditions. Today Unitarian
Universalism is a non-creedal faith which allows individual Unitarian Universalists the freedom to search for truth on many paths. While our
congregations uphold shared principles, individual Unitarian Universalists may discern their own beliefs about spiritual, ethical, and theological
WELL!! Isn't THAT refreshing!!
When I was a kid, I made a friend with someone (can't remember who), and my mom asked what church they went to. I told her it was the Unitarian
Universalists....she said, "oh." (in a dismissive tone). NOW, however, I don't know what she'd say, as she herself has drifted away from her
Episcopal/Christian upbringing and spirituality as of several years ago.
The UUs embrace ALL religious traditions, and YES, THEY BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE WILL GET TO REUNITE with the DIVINE.
This, to me, is the most appealing "religion." Because I'm a "rainbows and unicorns kinda gal?" Maybe. But I know for sure I don't believe in
hell, and I abhor those doctrines that use fear of "hell" to control people.
The concept of HELL is an ongoing, heated debate. I've been considering making a thread on it, and may still do that (as one member said, "there's
always room for another thread on Hell") ....
Welcome to Unitarian Universalism, a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles. Our congregations are places
where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world.
Newcomers are always welcome in Unitarian Universalist congregations. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is
simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or
Beliefs about Life and Death in Unitarian Universalism
How do Unitarian Universalists understand death?
The Universalist tradition, which is an integral part of Unitarian Universalist heritage, was a Christian movement grounded in the belief in universal
salvation and God's love for all people.
Many Unitarian Universalists trace their Universalist roots back to Hosea Ballou's Treatise on Atonement, published in 1805. This manifesto argued
that it was not a fear of eternal damnation that led people to do good on earth, but an understanding that paradise is here and now. The gift of this
knowledge is given to those who practice the ethics of paradise.
Today, Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion. Although Universalist influences are still woven into our faith in our Unitarian
Universalist principles and emphasis on social justice work, we also welcome many different beliefs about death and the possibility of an
Hosea Ballou wrote A Treatise On Atonement
Ballou's contention that all persons are worthy of salvation finds its modern expression in the UUA's First Principle affirming "the inherent
worth and dignity of every person."
Ballou, son of a New Hampshire farmer-preacher, was raised in a Calvinist Baptist home. Unable to reconcile belief in a loving, all-powerful God with
the idea of eternal punishment for most of humanity, he searched the Bible diligently and thought his way to a belief in universal salvation.
In his Treatise, Ballou focused on what he considered orthodoxy's weakest point: the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, the idea that Jesus'
death paid for human sin. His treatment was deterministic, acknowledging God to be all-knowing and all-powerful. It was also rationalistic, drawing
heavily on Deist thought, and rejected the doctrine of the Trinity—making Ballou a unitarian Universalist.
Thus Ballou argued that the orthodox had things backward: It was humanity that needed to be reconciled to God, not God to humanity. Moreover, this
atoning spirit of love was available not only to Christians, but to all people, irrespective of "names, sects, denominations, people, or kingdoms."
In no case would anyone be sent to eternal punishment by a loving God. No sin was that great; salvation was universal.
The Treatise made a strong and immediate impact, giving Universalists a common theological base from which to spread their message. Ballou was quickly
recognized as the leader of the Universalist movement.
I know some members don't want to read walls of ex-text, so I'm going to leave the OP there. Here are some other sources to look into, however:
Hosea Ballou wiki page
A Treatise on Atonement, by Hosea Ballou
(FREE to read online...I'm going to dig into it
myself here forthwith.)
Just want to know.....
what do you all, Christians, Agnostics, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans....whomever.....think about this concept? The UUA accepts ALL
To me, it seems self-evident. I also believe in reincarnation to "atone" for our shortcomings...
and while I know many scoff and/or shudder at the notions, I think they have very substantial grounds to stand on.
Hope some of you will be interested to discuss UU, and what you think about it. Like it, hate it, condemn or embrace it; but (civilly) let's