Unitarian Universalists challenge assumptions
I was very interested to read Michael Lorich’s My View in the Oct. 21 News. I was the “very friendly greeter” who welcomed him and his wife to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo this summer. They came for the music, but were disconcerted by the service. They had expected, perhaps because we had promoted a program that included traditional hymns, to hear a traditional Christian message.
They expressed their dismay to me after the service when I inquired if they had enjoyed it; it was not what they had expected. Expectations are based on assumptions, which are frequently challenged by Unitarian Universalists. It is one of the reasons I have been a member for more than 50 years.
Lorich wonders about our theology. UUs are encouraged to explore, wonder, consider, examine, question and search for meaning to formulate our own theology. Our members – from many different backgrounds and varieties of religious experience – believe all should be free to speak openly of their religious beliefs without fear of censure or reprisal. We believe that it is more important to love alike than to think alike.
I had an interesting conversation with the couple. I respect their views, appreciate the sincerity of their beliefs and have no doubt that they are good people. I’m sorry that they are unable to extend that same respect to me and to the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.