I often meet people who say that they are spiritual, but not religious. They may have grown up in the church and later found themselves no longer attending services. Some have simply found little need to do the “religious” things from their youth. This would include praying, paying attention to the Bible, or even having “religious” friends. Even still, they have a spiritual connection with the world or with God. Another group of people have a really good life without being religious, but feel something is missing.
If you find yourself in either of these situations, there is a big chance that you might enjoy attending a Unitarian or Universalist worship service. If there is one near your house or along your route to work, you ought to consider stopping in one Sunday morning and checking things out. (Just look for the church sign that looks like a state park!) Once there, you’ll probably feel immediately like you’re at home! It happened to me, too.
The denomination known as Unitarian Universalist, or UU for short, is made up of people who come from a variety of other denominations and traditions, but want to take their religious experience to a different level. By “different” I don’t necessarily mean better. Instead, I believe they need a different fit, something that is spiritual, but not overly Christian, Evangelical (something like being born-again), holy-roly, and/or judgmental feeling.
When you worship at a Unitarian church, or fellowship, you will feel reverence and the sacred in the atmosphere, but without the pressure to follow Jesus (not that that is bad thing) or any other religious figure. No one will say that you need “forgiveness of your sins.” You’ll pray, but not to the Triune God. You’ll sing hymns, but not “The Old Rugged Cross,” one of my favorites. You may have an opportunity for altar call, but to light candles for meditation instead of standing together as the pastor prays.
If you’re lucky during your visit to a Unitarian church, someone will invite you to the coffee hour after worship service so that you can fellowship with other members and visitors. If you’re really lucky, you’ll leave the church feeling lighter with some of your burdens lifted and joy in your heart.
Think on these things. You could a Unitarian and not know it. If you are, you’re missing out!
May you have many blessings along your journey!