UU topic: Religious beliefs as by-products, not starting points

By Bob Lecour
Special to The PREVIEW
Unitarian Universalism is often characterized as a church without beliefs. While it is true that Unitarian Universalism is a “free, tolerant and creedless church,” it is not true that it is a faith without beliefs.
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) website lists two sets of documents to help UU churches and fellowships navigate spiritual waters. One is referred to as “The Seven Principles and the Sources of Our Living Tradition.” The other is a concise, but not exhaustive, list of beliefs written by UU Rev. David Rankin titled “What Do UUs Believe?”
On Sunday, Aug, 19, at 10:30 a.m., Pastor Dean Cerny will shed some light upon the intent and purpose of the UU “Seven Principles.” This discussion will explore what is visionary about these “principles,” as well as what is lacking in their vision. It will be an honest conversation of UU beliefs exemplifying Unitarian Universalism’s fervent use of reason and conscience in the search for spiritual truths.
Perhaps the thought of religious principles strikes you as somewhat “churchy” in the sense of coercing one to believe in creeds and doctrines. However, principles, creeds and other religious beliefs are meant to be the by-product of spiritual seeking, not the starting point. The “Seven Principles” reflect UU’s experience of the world. For those of you who have experienced the doctrinal and creedal oppression of traditional faiths, this topic may hold some interest for you.
Check out our calendar of events at pagosauu.org. All of these events take place at Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn onto Park Avenue, then turn into the Greenbriar Plaza, drive to the east side of the parking lot and look for the Unitarian Universalist sign, facing north.
If you would like to schedule a private meeting with Cerny, or for further information, call 731-7900.

This story was posted on August 18, 2018.