Growing a new church is tough. It takes time and patience and perseverance and faith.
Her: How's the new church going?
Her: Are people coming?
Me: Yeah. We have been having monthly services since September and we've been getting out 40 adults and 10 kids each month. After the first of the year we're going to two services a month.
Her: My mother and father were Unitarian Universalists. But I can't convince my husband. He's not interested.
Me: Well, whenever you're ready we'd love to have you.
Did I say that starting a new congregation takes patience, perserverance, and faith?
What is it that we have faith in? It's the belief that as Unitarian Universalists we have something of value to offer ourselves, to each other, and to the world.
When we started on this venture, I was prepared for many obstacles and barriers, but the thing that I was least aware of and it comes up all the time is people's fear. They are afraid of many things, but the biggest fear seems to be a fear of commitment, a fear of getting roped into something that they are not sure they will feel comfortable with and then won't be able to get out of it. I think organized religion has traumatized millions of people who are terrified of getting involved in anything like it again.
I am wondering about how to deal with such fears?