Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I'm back

As you probably figured out, I've been taking a sabbatical from UU, both church and blogging. After all I'd been through in two different congregations, I needed time to get back to my spiritual roots. While I'm not ready to commit to another congregation, I am ready to pick up the pen again, and talk about the things I get from UU- even if only from a distance, for the nonce- and my life.

I thought I'd begin my return by bringing your attention to a blog post that made me laugh because it reflected perfectly how intertwined the two major influences in my spiritual life are. Though written by a Pagan, any UU will recognize the writer's dilemma- the difficulty devising an "elevator speech". He comes up with an elegant solution he calls The pagan sensibility "Not a statement of the True Pagan Nature or an explanation of the Pagan community, but a description of what kind of thought and action makes things pagan flavored. I think that one can describe that briefly and clearly, including everything one wants while excluding everything one doesn't.

The pagan sensibility sees the divine in the material world ... and so regards the human as sacred. 

The pagan sensibility apprehends the Cosmos as composed of a multiplicity of different interconnected forces ... and honors all of those forces.

This naturally got me thinking... is there a UU sensibility? If so, how would you describe it?


Anonymous said...

Hi Joel,
A link to your Blog was posted on AUC page and I found it typical and interesting. I am Unitarian Christian and have found the “church attitude” you describe in various places. Might I invite you, if you like, to take a look at a new site; http://www.ucec.us/ this is the Unitarian Christian Emerging Church, a “grass roots” organization for the promotion and development of the Unitarian Christian community. I’m sure, if you are interested, they would welcome your contact. May God Bless. Rev. Shannon Rogers, UCEC/UCMI/UMI

Chalicechick said...

I tend to shy away from invitations to speak for UUs as a whole. It may not be possible. If it is possible, I suck at it.

But the UU sensibility that I perceive is all about refining belief through reason.

I'm not going to say that I do that all the time, though I do try.