Are You a UU?
Are you a UU without knowing it? If a number of the statements below reflect your own experience and beliefs, UUFF or another Unitarian Universalist congregation is probably a good fit for you. For more fun, take the Belief-O-Matic quiz at Belifenet.com to test your spiritual beliefs against those of established faiths, including UUism.
- I want a church where I can be free to wonder about – even doubt – the existence of a Supreme Being, the nature of the Source of all life, the effectiveness of prayer and meditation, the possibility of immortality, and still be spiritual or religious; a church that calls no honest doubt “heresy” and where “heretics” are welcome.
- I believe that people are punished by their sins, not for them, and that the evil people do lives with them.
- I believe the marks of true religion are holistic health, spiritual freedom, enlightened reason, broad and tolerant sympathy, upright character and unselfish service; and if I do these today, the afterlife will take care of itself.
- I hold in reverence the interconnectedness and interdependence of all creation.
- I believe in the right of every person to make his or her own choice about what he or she believes and values.
- I believe in the search for larger, valid and reliable truths which speak to new issues of the emerging new culture.
- I cannot identify my beliefs with any particular creed or doctrine.
- I believe that ultimate truth is an emerging experimental thing, not finished and complete.
- I believe a child should be encouraged to discover religion in his or her unfolding life rather than have it forced upon him or her through a process of dogmatic indoctrination.
- I believe a church can be an effective organization and still urge each member to be her or his free individual self.
- I want a church where people from many religious and spiritual backgrounds – Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Mystic, Zoroastrian, etc. – are all welcomed as full-fledged members without “conversion” or “renunciation.”
- I believe a church should welcome and appreciate the insights and answers of all healthy spiritual systems and religions.
- I believe salvation results from ethical living, problem solving, moral achievement; and aversion to sanctimony and bigotry in all its forms – agism, racism, sexism, etc.
- I believe that the future is largely in our hands, not a fate wrought by an angry god.
- I value a church which is part of a purposeful, positive, organized religious movement, dedicated to the healthy, moral, aesthetic, philosophical, scientific and social progress of human life.
” Adapted from Jack Mendelson’s Being A Liberal in An Illiberal Age (Beacon Press, Boston, 1985) by Robert Wayne Johnston of the UU Society of Amherst, Massachusetts.