If Unitarian Universalism is to ever become a viable religion, it must become a way of life for people and answer life's big existential questions. Its failure to do that makes it increasingly irrelevant and meaningless for potential adherents.
Unitarian Universalism is badly in need of a theology. It's biggest pushes in the past have come from its theologians, and yet I see no modern theologians in UU ranks and if I were President of the UUA one of the things I would do, is take steps to design a plan to put some meat into a theology for a world class religion like Unitarian Universalism can be.
Last night I was skimming the UU blog aggregator and ran across a post from Doug Muder on his blog, Free and Responsible Search which asked for input on the development of new theological studies for lay people.
- Why was I born?
- What is the purpose of my life?
- What happens to me when I die?
- Why is their suffering in the world?
- Why do these hurtful things happen to me?
- How can I deal with troublesome and hurtful people?
- How can I best raise my children?
- What do I owe my parents, siblings, other family members?
- How do I assist my children in coming of age?
- What is commitment and how do I honor my vows?
- Why do I make mistakes and screw up?
- How do I give forgiveness to others and obtain forgiveness for myself?
- What do I do about injustice?
- What is the best way to live life? How do I do it? How do I help others?
- How does one find right livelihood, good work?
- What is the purpose and proper use of sex?
- When I am discouraged, depressed, and despairing, why should I go on?
- How can I celebrate and enjoy the happiness in my life?
- How do I die with peace and help others die with peace?