I was, for a few years, a participant with a local Unitarian Universalist (UU) community. I was at the time an atheist, and I was drawn towards their acceptance of atheists, theists or whatever-ists. Pretty much, my UU experience can be summed up in, “be whoever you are just don’t be an inconvenience to anyone else”.
Nearly a decade has gone by since then, where in that time I became a Catholic. Recently an Episcopalian Bishop addressed a group of us Catholics, telling us that the Episcopal Church loves us for who we are, and does not seek out a change in who we are. He also pointed out that within the Episcopal Church itself, the members of the clergy do not agree with each other and that is ok.
I’ve been thinking on this for a few weeks, have come to my own conclusions, and have a few questions, and appreciate any feedback particularly from the Episcopalian or UU POV.
Not seeking a change in oneself, as a Christian, strikes me as a UU approach. Does Jesus not call us to die to ourselves? From a UU perspective, I could understand this to mean God accepts everyone for who they are and the dying to oneself means an idea that God, or any gods, or your socio/psychological understanding of the world, should be oriented towards letting people be.
There is no absolute truth regarding God, gods, or no God, and therefore seeking the truth about God is really seeking the truth about humanity. Seeking a change in a person, persons or groups of persons, that is not towards this humanist ideology, is bad form. An inconvenience to someone, or a group of someones.
Is this the prevailing thought in the Episcopalian Church? If so it strikes me as Universalist and I see no difference between the two religions.