Wednesday, February 12, 2020
KS to MP UUFoF 2-12-20- no, I don't disagree that many folks do not relate well to theological words. Where we disagree is whether or not Unitarian Universalism can be described as a religion or a faith community. As a Unitarian Universalist, I refuse to cede those words, and so many of the strongest words in the English language, to the Christian culture which is dominant in this culture. They are our words too.
Based on the youtube video of Russell Brand interviewing Neil deGrasse Tyson: NM yt 2-12-20 you misunderstood him (Nel DeGrasse Tyson), especially on his point about consciousness. They both (NGT and Russell Brand) were talking about consciousness on a scientific level, Russel made the point that SCIENTISTS haven't figured it out yet, and Neil thoroughly backed up that point. Neil wasn't criticising or dismissing the spiritual viewpoint of consciousness at all, he was literally criticizing science's lack of advancement in that particular field. OP was right, Neil was awfully respectful and as someone who loves science as much as spirituality that made me happy
Monday, February 10, 2020
RE J R R It may vary from (UU) congregation to congregation, but all of these things occur in UUA congregations, and also in the UUA administration itself. The anti-racism programs are quite divisive. There is tension between various religious factions within UUism, perhaps especially between the Atheists and Theists of various types. UUism is only half-jokingly described as "The Religious Arm of the Democratic Party". How many moderate card-carrying Republicans belong to UU churches? Most were driven out over the last decade ot two. UUs are overwhelmingly upper-middle-class White people, and can be quite classist and elitist. Indeed a book has been written about that in recent years. Am I wrong about any of the above?
Friday, February 7, 2020
JM yt TLSA 2/7/20 What if human rights is a modern social myth that is at war with real justice and the true grounds of social order?
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
TEF UU FOTF 2-5-2020 I see your point, thank you for clearing that up for my ancient, fossilized brain![😁😉] I do not see "retreating" to liberal religion though as being escapism, quite the opposite, people's spiritual, religious, or moral conceptions lie at the root of their political thinking and actions. That is a well established fact.The liberal Unitarian faith made our forebears very powerful influencers, and mover and shakers back in the founding of this republic, and up to the late 20th century when the last of the old school Unitarians died. Thoreau once said that there is only one hacking at the roots of evil to the thousands who hack at the branches. All of the political thinking in UUisn today, including our being seduced by leftist, PC, or identity politics, plus illiberal and intolerant thinking, is because we have wandered far from our spiritual roots into the world of social clubbing. Yes, many of us take part in social justice movements and useless demonstrations without stopping to see that our energies are deliberately being drained off by useless actions due to us not going after the roots of the problems. We protest against climate destruction while the oligarchs laugh at us because we will not remove them from power. The fake two party system was set up to make sure we are ineffectual in making change. I will not go into that right now, maybe later, its late. But we need to look at why people are hateful, racist, and conservative. At the same time the nation has become the land of political and social ignorance, so education should be our greatest goal to change that. Jefferson, as well as other great thinkers over the ages, but especially our Unitarian ones, have pointed out that there has only been two sides since the dawn of human society contending for control and dominance, that of conservatism, and that of liberalism. We need to stop confusing this issue and get back on track and back to our liberal religious heritage...a good place to start.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
TK LCFB 1312020 Mark that’s quite the history. Thank you for sharing. I’d love to know how you’ve developed your Christology with this background? Are you still universalist?
R P LCFB 222020 Evangelicals are the current Pharisees. They deny Jesus's teachings. Jesus was a liberal!