Monthly Archives: November 2012

Exploring Belief

During the last few weeks, I have been attending events at a Unitarian Universalist fellowship. I did not really know what to expect from a fellowship that embraces all beliefs but has no real core doctrine of its own. Although this movement had its beginnings in the Christian faith, this particular fellowship seems to have a humanist slant.

I had the pleasure to attend a speaker event that is held monthly featuring local organization leaders which highlights education of a social need, social justice issue, or exploration of a current event. I enjoyed having the opportunity to explore a current topic and having a meeting of the minds afterwards.

I did attend one of their regular services. The speaker, being sensitive to encompass the varied beliefs of the congregation, gave a diplomatically safe sermon with accompanying readings and singing. I was also very unsure what the symbolism and ritual represented.

As a pseudo-religious group, I believe it may act as a path in one’s wanderings of belief.  Most people who seek religious or faithful fellowship also seek direction. The Unitarian Universalist espouse that each person should find and then follow their own belief system. While there is nothing wrong with that, it does not provide the direction that most people seek.

I enjoyed the exploration of others beliefs and attitudes, which lead to better understanding. This exposure to other ideas is strengthening my own convictions and beliefs which are doctrinally Christian. The other attendants felt free to express and listen to ideas. I did find that refreshing.

I will probably return for the monthly speaker event and possibly their building bridges events. These give opportunities to explore and share cultural ideas.

Happy Thanksliving

Hi everyone. My computer is back from the shop. I am so thankful that the repair technician was able to save my computer. It had a bad memory stick that slowly failed causing all sorts of various problems.

If you live in the USA, I certainly hope that each of you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. And even if you do not live in the USA, I hope that you remember to be thankful for your blessings.

It is great to have a day to remind us to be thankful for all the blessings that we have. The gathering of family, contacting those that live far away and of course sharing meals. This allows the family to spend time with one another either in person or in spirit.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed life.

Hope to post soon

My computer is on the fritz. I am not sure when I will get it back. It is at the repair center. I hope to get back on schedule soon. I am writing this through the graciousness of another who let me sneak this in.

Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and if this isn’t a holiday where you live, it is good to remember to be thankful for the wonderful gifts that we have in our lives. Thank you for being in mine.

The Privilege of Voting

The Privilege of Voting

If you are registered to vote, then please vote. Democracy works best when everyone participates. You may not agree with what the government does, but if you are not part of the process, then you are letting others make important decisions as to whom your leaders will be.

Of course, even if you are registered to vote, you have the freedom and choice to refrain from voting. Some countries have penalties if you don’t vote, and some even have penalties if you don’t vote the way you are told to vote.

I will not try to sway your decision one way or the other. How you vote and if you vote is entirely up to you. It really is your choice. I am going to vote. If the candidates I vote for do not win, I still know that I participated in our democracy. Democracy is not perfect but it is better than a dictatorship or monarchy.

Our freedoms are vast. We can choose to practice whatever faith we choose, even if we choose no faith at all. We can cross state borders without checkpoints or travel papers. We can purchase whatever our budgets will allow (and then some). Our potential and opportunities are much more plentiful than in many places.

All these freedoms are maintained by our democracy and the men and women who fought and died to protect it.

Regardless of whom you might vote for, I urge you to exercise your privilege to participate in this great experiment called democracy.