In a comment on yesterday’s UU Trouble Makers Wanted post the notion of Unitarian Universalism being a movement came up. Is it a religion, a movement, both?
I think Unitarian Universalism is a religion.
I also think it is possible to have a larger “Unitarian Universalist movement.”
I do not think Religion = Movement…
I’ve been pretty honest about my feeling that we need a UU revolution. We need to change big time if we are going to accomplish our work and ministry in this world and not just survive, but thrive long term. I’m thinking that this revolution may very well happen outside of our congregations with the revolution benefiting them.
600,000 self identified UUs in the 2000 census.
~200,000 adult members of the UUA
That’s a lot of free-range UUs out there. Imagine the tribes, movements and ministries they could start if they wanted to! They outnumber members of the UUA 2 to 1.
Anyhow, I think there can be such a thing as a UU movement. I do not think Religion = Movement and that the words can be used interchangeably.
In the future I think we’re going to see UU “house churches” and a wide assortment of in person and web based UU tribes emerge. As various congregations decline and die out I suspect individuals will carry on without buildings and budgets and, well, evolve.
I’m here to help our existing congregations adapt for the 21st Century. I’m also looking forward to seeing what comes down the pike. 😉
What do you think???
FREE-RANGERS: What are you waiting for?! Permission???? Do something already….
Need some inspiration? Watch this….
Disclaimer: My wife the Rev. Amy Freedman, a Unitarian Universalist minister, is taking this year off from serving a congregation. So despite working as a UU consultant and guest preaching most Sundays, technically for the first time in decades I too am a freerange UU. Shocking, I know…