Ho! Ho! Ho! I’m a non-Christian who celebrates Christmas! Shocked? You shouldn’t be. It’s actually pretty common.
Tomorrow marks the first day of Chalica for 2017, and this year, I will be celebrating/observing the Unitarian Universalist holiday.
I am a Unitarian Universalist. I have been for quite a few years. Honestly, I have been my whole life; I just didn’t always know what it was called. I do know one thing, though, talk to any UU about their path to Unitarian Universalism and it will probably have similar elements to mine; confusion, disenchantment, feelings of not belonging, or all of the above. But it got better. Much better.
“Unitarian Universalism is a diverse and non-creedal faith, affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all people.”
That’s the elevator pitch we give at our church every Sunday, but ask any UU what it is, and they’ll probably have something a little different to say. Maybe it’s their church’s pitch. Maybe it’s their own interpretation. Either way, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Judeo-Christian roots that believes that all humans, regardless of race, gender, gender-identity, creed, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, etc. is valuable and has worth and dignity. When UU’s say, “All Are Welcome”; they truly mean it.