Last Sunday we visited our new neighborhood UU congregation, the First Parish in Cambridge, MA.
After registering our daughter for childcare and getting her settled, we found our way to the sanctuary.
In the booklet orienting people to the congregation, Unitarian Universalism and their ministry & programs – located in the pews as well – I found the following description of the congregation. I’ve been thinking about it ever since…
[We are] a multifaith, spirit-filled congregation devoted to love and justice.
Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of Beloved Community, we are moving joyfully into a multiracial, multicultural, justice-making future. We embrace all ages, races, classes, abilities, sexual orientations, gender presentations, and ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Honoring all the faith traditions of the world, we support each person’s journey to wisdom and spiritual growth.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on the journey of life, we welcome you into our hearts.
Coupling multi-faith with visions of MLK’s dream did a fabulous job of lodging the point deep in my brain. That’s the power of a good visual!
The word “multi-faith” is one I haven’t seen many congregations using. It does serve to clarify that “Hey, this isn’t just another old New England Christian church.” I think it is an important distinction for us to make.
Does your congregations use the word multi-faith? Something else? What do you think of that word?
This is an important question to consider.
How do we talk about Unitarian Universalism, our congregations, our ministry so people immediately get that we are more pluralistic?