I sort of belong to two religious groups. My family attends a UU church, so we have a local church community.
Because of my personal beliefs, I belong to Naturalistic Pantheist groups as well, the majority of these being on-line.
I have not joined UU for a number of reasons. It is too amorphous for me. I feel that if the denomination itself can’t define what it believes or is about, then what is the point of me signing on? What would I be signing on to? Though I am comfortable in my local cong, much of the discussion in the denominational magazine really burns me up and turns me off. I don’t feel I fit in with the bigger UU picture. Spiritually is talked about, logically, but there is no cohesive spiritual force, so there is an emptiness there.
In Naturalistic pantheism, there is a struggle between similar factions as in UUism. There are the spiritual pantheists, who want to talk about and share their life changing experiences, and the more logical ones who poo poo anything that can’t be proven scientifically.
Humans have spiritual experiences. We are drawn into community to share these things, to celebrate them and invite them to change, enrich and challenge us. Mind alone cannot accomplish this level of deep transformation.
I believe that humans are body and spirit perfectly integrated. That is our nature. I believe our lives are richer when we celebrate both these things, honor both aspects. I hate when we set aside the purpose of our spiritual communities (to encourage, challenge and support one another) to argue over piffle.
I have a third spiritual group, that is local and in real time. We don’t argue, but it is a hassle to get people involved in planning activities and taking responsibility for the group. Still, it is a good group and good things are taking place there.