Religion & Beliefs

What DON’T Unitarians believe?

There are a lot of Jews who practice as “Jewnitarians”.  Which is to say…  there a lot of people who were raised Jewish, who now belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church.  Maybe because they intermarried, and maybe just because… And … Read More

By / December 27, 2006

There are a lot of Jews who practice as “Jewnitarians”.  Which is to say…  there a lot of people who were raised Jewish, who now belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church.  Maybe because they intermarried, and maybe just because…

And as someone who attended a lot of all-ages-hardcore-shows in the basements of various Unitarian Churches, this has never bothered me. I have a little soft spot for the Unitarians, for no good reason.

But today it occurred to me that I have no idea what Jewnitarians actually believe. I just know they’re “openminded” and “progressive”.  So I checked it out. 

On God:  Unitarian Universalists generally agree that the fruits of religious belief matter more than beliefs about religion-even about God. So we usually speak more of the fruits: gratitude for blessings, worthy aspirations, the renewal of hope, and service on behalf of justice. 

On Jesus: Classically, Unitarian Universalist Christians have understood Jesus as a savior because he was a God-filled human being, not a supernatural being. He was, and still is for many UUs, an exemplar, one who has shown the way of redemptive love, in whose spirit anyone may live generously and abundantly. 

But, it would seem, you don’t have to believe in Jesus to belong.  Although your kids will probably learn about him in Sunday School.  But there’s no creed. Nothing you have to swear to, claim to believe.

It’s a faith that came from Christianity, through Christianity… grew up as a result of liberal Christian thought, but it’s ambiguous enough to allow for all kinds of faiths. 

Some might call it wishy-washy.  I’m not saying that…. But you might.