Let me be unequivocal – Unitarian Universalism is a religion. We are not just a social movement. (This comes in response to some of the comments in my post about General Assembly below.)
We are a religion. We worship. What do we worship, that’s open for interpretation. Worship does NOT mean that we get on our knees and pray to a God with a beard sitting on a cloud (unless you want to.) You can worship in all kinds of ways and means, you can worship God, you can worship the Goddess, you can worship gods, you can worship the inner light in all of us, you can worship the Holy Spirit, you can worship the good in humanity, you can worship our interdependence. Hell, you can worship the Jonas Brothers for all I care. Whatever and/or whomever you chose to worship is your personal choice, and that’s what makes Unitarian Universalism unique among religions. Our individual choice is just that – individual. When we come together to worship, we worship both internally and externally. You need not believe alike to worship together. That’s an outdated model of ministry that our faith and our religion rightly rejects.
I started off attending Unitarian Universalist as an atheist, but you know what, I still saw Unitarian Universalism as a religion. But I dove in headfirst. Now, my beliefs are all mucky – I think I believe in some kind of higher power, but not sure what that belief looks like yet. And no matter what I thought in either case, I remained a member of the Unitarian Universalist faith.
We are a religion. We are a community of faith. We are a community that worships together in some manner. We minister to people every day. We find connections to the divine every day. We worship every day. We are not merely a non-profit or an NGO. We are not merely a social justice club. We are not merely an educational institution.
We are a religion. We are a church.
And it’s high time we act like it.