We all need community (some grouches on this forum less so), and that becomes even more important for a marginal population like the blacks in America.
I’m an atheist who is a paying member of a thriving Unitarian Universalist church, we dumped much of the theological crap and hot air and focus on search for meaning in a social context.
Let’s face it: as long as humanism (and UUs are in essence a humanist crowd) can not provide a warm, caring community, people will always flock to those congregations who do, regardless of the garbage that’s told from the pulpit.
I first began to take note of your posts on the now-defunct Julia Sweeney forum, and was very happy to see that you chime in here, too, because I really appreciate your erudite and well-written thoughts.
I couldn’t agree more about the binding effects of community for most human beings. And when it comes to religion, it’s truly the glue that holds the whole shebang together. Like many of us, I could go on for pages about this, but in short, I think the power of community is the fundamental reason why people “believe in belief” as Daniel Dennett says.
In any event, I have a question for you about UU. I’ve attended three UU churches, all on the east coast, hoping to find one in which a large majority of members had dumped the “theological crap,” as you put it. However, I found one congregation leaned strongly toward Judaism, another had a decidedly Christian undertone, and the third entertained a lot of sort of new-agey spiritualism. In each case, I was disappointed, and felt out of place.
Is there any good way to determine the general outlook of a UU congregation before attending?
(I just downloaded the Norm Allen interview, and am really looking forward to hearing Mr. Allen. The interview is certainly timely, given the political events of the last week!)