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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 06:37 PM

Are Unitarian Universalists generally accepting of atheists and agnostics?

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Reply Are Unitarian Universalists generally accepting of atheists and agnostics? (Original post)
RKP5637 Apr 2012 OP
hvn_nbr_2 Apr 2012 #1
RKP5637 Apr 2012 #2
Odin2005 Apr 2012 #3
RKP5637 Apr 2012 #4
cleanhippie Apr 2012 #5
RKP5637 Apr 2012 #6
backscatter712 Apr 2012 #7
RKP5637 Apr 2012 #8
WillParkinson Apr 2012 #9
RKP5637 Apr 2012 #10
WillParkinson Apr 2012 #11
eqfan592 Apr 2012 #12
Starboard Tack Apr 2012 #13
WillParkinson Apr 2012 #14

Response to RKP5637 (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 07:36 PM

1. In my experience, yes

In a UU church, you can have the experience of sitting between a Christian and a Buddhist, with an atheist in front of you, an agnostic behind you, and a pagan, Hindu, Jew, and some type you never previously heard of in the diagonal seats. It may be somewhat less open in some areas or some congregations, but I think that's mostly true.

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Response to hvn_nbr_2 (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:10 PM

2. Thanks! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 07:30 PM

3. My congregation is.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 07:42 PM

4. Thanks! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 09:00 AM

5. Not only accepting, they make up a large portion of the congregation.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:23 AM

6. That's great to hear!!!

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Response to RKP5637 (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 01:57 PM

7. YES!

UU churches are full of open atheists and agnostics.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 03:32 PM

8. This is great to know. I'm relocating and UU seems to be a nice

welcoming group.

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Response to RKP5637 (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:41 AM

9. It might be me, but...

Why would an atheist want to go here?

Please don't think I'm trying to start trouble, I'm not. I'm genuinely confused and thought you might be able to set me straight.

Thank you for your patience.

Will

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Response to WillParkinson (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 09:17 AM

10. I think, a sense of community without authoritative religious dogma?

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 10:46 AM

11. OK...

I honestly don't understand, but if it makes for a good community feeling more power to them!

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Response to WillParkinson (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 12:41 PM

12. I used to go to one years ago...

...after I first left christianity behind me and was trying to figure things out. It really is a completely different experience from any other church I had ever seen, and there were indeed plenty of atheists and agnostics there.

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Response to WillParkinson (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 02:39 PM

13. For the same reason as most churchgoers - Fellowship

There are lots of lonely people in this world. They join clubs and organizations and internet groups and even churches. I think most do it for fellowship rather than worship. The worship part is purely ritual for most religious believers, but it reinforces their sense of belonging. The UU take the religious angles out of the equation, yet leave the sense of unity, fellowship and human spirit.

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Response to Starboard Tack (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 04:13 PM

14. I think I get it...

Thank you for helping me to understand!

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