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Separating the wheat from the chaff

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

The unique feature of Unitarian Universalism is that it draws spiritual wisdom and practice from many religious and spiritual sources.

As Unitarian Universalists, we are encouraged to search among these sources for tools useful in our daily lives, tools to make us better human beings, wiser, more patient, more compassionate, and  more at peace.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, we examine using a DVD the fourth source in our series of explorations, the Jewish and Christian teachings as seen from a liberal point of view. Reverend Christine Robinson will show us how we can understand the Old and New Testament with the help of “Biblical Criticism,” a study based on knowledge about linguistics and anthropology. Reverend Robinson tells us that, as religious liberals, we must recognize that, “these ideas and stories are so important that we must study them to understand what they meant to the people who wrote them and heard them, and only then can we decide how to live with them ourselves.”

Christine Robinson is the senior minister at First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, N.M., where she began her ministry in 1988. Reverend Robinson is a humanist, believing that whatever lies beyond this world, in this life, we are called to be present and active here, appreciating our lives, deepening our love and being of service to others.

In addition, we have a children’s spiritual educational program and encourage families with children to please join us for our Sunday service.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.

This story was posted on September 26, 2013.