This community is where I come for support, friendship and fun. It is a place to live to my religion in the church and the larger community. This religion allows me to speak my truth even when my truth changes.
I was in my 40’s, a young widow, children had moved on with their lives, I had a fulfilling teaching career and a wonderful group of friends. I began to feel, however, that I was missing something, hard to define really, but came to understand was spiritual camaraderie. I thought a Unitarian church might be a good fit as my Christian viewpoint I had been brought up with had shifted considerably. I thought I would drive to Ann Arbor to attend but bumped into a former student who mentioned she was a member of a Unitarian Universalist church right here in Jackson County. I went there the next Sunday and was pleased and overwhelmed with the spiritual camaraderie I sought. That was eighteen years ago. It has enriched my life.
Maybe you, like me, were raised in a church that taught that your best friend couldn’t go to heaven because she believed differently than you, or that from the moment you were born, you were a sinner. Maybe you’ve been unchurched in your life, but you feel like you would like to belong to a spiritual community, something larger than yourself, something that stands for what you believe in. For yourself. For your children. A spiritual community that believes everyone deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, justice and compassion. That not just one, but many, of the world’s religions have wisdom to teach us. That respects our earth home. That believes the questions we ask on our spiritual journey are more important than being fed answers. That agrees we don’t have to think alike to love alike. If this describes you, join me at the UU church of East Liberty where we extend a hand of welcome to you.