Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Q & A - Are atheists welcome in Unitarian Universalist congregations?

Today we are beginning a new feature on UU A Way Of Life called "Q & A" for question and answer.
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Question:

I know people who say they are still atheists but who go to church for the people. They like the people. They want a social group of some kind. Sometimes they go with a partner who is devout for moral support. Do you think atheists that go to church are hypocrits?

Answer:
UU churches welcome atheists, humanists, secularists, agnostics, "nones" Francis David the Unitarian pioneer in the 16th century said, "We need not think alike to love alike."

While some fundamentalist churches require acceptance of their creed for membership, Unitarian Universalism does not. Unitarian Universalism requires the acceptance of an ethical orientation which is stated in their seven principles but no acceptance and adherence to a creed.

The fourth of the seven principles involves affirming and promoting the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and so atheists, humanists, as well as believers are all welcome and receive support in their personal formulation of their own profession of faith in whatever it is that they want to put their faith in.

At UU A Way Of Life we don't see UU as a belief system but rather as a frame of reference within which one can navigate through the waves of life. Atheists as well as people from all the world religions are in this thing called "life" together. Everyone is welcome to travel with us.

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