What Do You Say After You Say, “I’m a UU”?
From Your Co-Minister, Rev. Barbara W. ten Hove
One of the more challenging moments we UUs can face is the dreaded question: So what do UUs believe? This can come at any moment—at a dinner party with friends, standing in line at the grocery store, on the phone with a family member, etc. If you’re new to Unitarian Universalism, it can be daunting to describe our mouthful of a faith easily or quickly. Truth to tell, even those of us who have spent a lifetime in the UU realm, even trained as clergy, sometimes fail in finding the right words.
It’s why, about 10 years ago, Jaco and I wrote a curriculum called, “Articulating Your UU Faith.” We realized that many of the classes and programs available for UUs helped us as individuals to grow in spiritual ways but rarely were we given tools to help us actually talk about this complex yet beautiful faith of ours with others. So out of this yearning “AYF” was born, and it has evidently been a helpful resource all over the country since then.
In February, I’ll be teaching it at Cedars again, this time at our sparkling Cedars Center, on four consecutive Thursday evenings beginning next week. (See info blurb above.) When I taught it five years ago (with Jason Cheung—many thanks, Jason!), we had about 15 folks who gathered to explore and learn from one another. This time, I’m leading it with retired religion professor Alan Miller and we are excited to share this interactive “class” with a new group of Cedars folks.
Are you someone who could enjoy and benefit from this opportunity? Yes, if:
- You are relatively new to UUism and want to learn more about it.
- You are a long time member who still struggles to talk about UUism with others.
- You are a youth who wants to learn how to talk about your religion with your friends.
- You are a parent who would like tools to share your faith with your kids.
- You just want a chance to explore and engage with your fellow Cedars members!
This class offers lots of opportunities for growth and understanding. If you think you might come, send me or Alan an email. But, if you just show up this coming Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:15 p.m. at Cedars Center, you’ll be most welcome!
Hope to see you at the class or at church!