C is for Church

 

Our historic home. The FMUU church building was built in 1892.

C is for Church,
one short hour of retreat.
But some go to synagogues,
mosques or just meet.

CHURCH.  UU’s meet in places of worship called by various names: churches, meeting houses, chapels, and – if they are just getting started and are lay-led without paid ministers – may meet in schools  or private homes and may call themselves fellowships of societies.  For UU’s isolated from any nearby society there is the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), a national orgaznization with a permanent minister-leader offering religious infomration, support and educational material for children.  CLF’s student service brings UUism to college-age youth wherever they live.  Available is the monthly journal “Quest” and numerous on-line resources.

The UU meeting place may be decorated as “sacred space” but usually looks like a rather formal meeting room.  The hymn book usually contains many familiar hymns and songs, but often with the words changed to reflect our non-creedal approach.

UUism is not a church in the ordinary, Christian sense of that word.  The concept of church comes from Judaism (wherein Christianity developed) in which the people felt called together by God: the Quhal Jahweh, or God’s chosen people.  UU’s are not a church in this sense.  They feel called together, but by common sense and intuition.

Another meaning of church is one used above: “an hour of retreat,” i.e. going to church, meeting with others to celebrate together the mysteries and challenges of life.  Unitarian Universalists talk about belonging to a church, but it is more accurately called a congregation.

“The Reign of God is not coming as you hope to catch sight of it.  No one will say ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is,’ for the Reign of God is now in your midst…”

LUKE #491 Singing the Living Tradition

 

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions.  We believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion.  Our church acts as a gathering place where people from many faith backgrounds are able to share what they have learned and continue their spiritual growth while working together to create a world based on justice and equality for all.

Our Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. and are followed by coffee and conversation in our community room.  You are welcome here.

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