Expanding Our Attention: Faith Beyond Belief

We often have a limited understanding of faith. We may need to broaden our attention to the dynamics of faith in our everyday life and not confuse it, as many have, merely with beliefs. Some scholars within Unitarian Universalism and within Christianity have come to understand that our understanding of “faith” was diverted somewhere along the way in the history of Christianity. Many in Christianity came to identify faith with creeds, orthodoxy and “correct doctrine.” This was not the origin of Christianity, and Unitarian and Universalists perspectives have offered an alternative view of what “faith” means in a way that can provide an opening and liberating view for us.

Let UUs Pray

We Unitarian Universalists can be uncomfortable with traditional religious terminology. We often have difficulty, sometimes even resist, integrating language central to those traditions into our own belief system and spiritual practice. “Oh,” we say, shaking our heads, “that language come with so much baggage!” One … read more.

Radical Amazement and the Days of Awe

This service marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the “Days of Awe,” the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Whatever our religious orientation, each of us can benefit from times that call us into deeper reflection and reconciliation as part of a personal and interpersonal process of renewal. Rabbi Heschel wrote: “Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious person’s attitude toward [the world].” Included in the service will be UU minister Rob Eller-Isaac’s musical litany which has the refrain, “We begin again in love.” Following the service, we will have some traditional holiday foods (apples, honey, etc.).