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From Rev. David Herndon

Tuesday, September 01, 2015
One primary purpose of this church is to assist you with your personal spiritual journey, guided by the values and principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition.

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that although some moments of your spiritual journey are solitary, the basic context of your spiritual journey is social. Accordingly, we provide support and encouragement for one another in this religious community. We provide insight and inspiration for one another in this religious community. And we even provide challenge and agitation for one another in this religious community. On the whole, our spiritual journeys would be less fulfilling and more difficult if we did not have one another in this religious community.

As Unitarian Universalists, we also believe that the outcome of a successful spiritual journey is social. You were not put on this earth simply to be self-centered and self-indulgent about your spiritual journey. Ideally, your spiritual journey will put you closer to right relationship with others, which means that you will practice more kindness and compassion in your family and in other everyday encounters; you will be drawn to humanitarian service toward those who are less fortunate or less privileged; and you will become a courageous advocate for justice and human rights in the larger community.

Thus, the other primary purpose of this church is to be an institutional force for the progressive transformation of society.

Our church assists you with your personal spiritual journey by providing worship celebrations and other events that Inspire, lifespan faith development opportunities and small group experiences that Connect you in relationship with others, and opportunities to put your Unitarian Universalist values into action through Service to this religious community and to the larger community.

That’s it. Pretty simple, really.

The church itself is instrumental. Its purposes are personal transformation and social transformation. If it accomplishes those two purposes, then it is successful. If it does not accomplish those two purposes, then it is not successful. But a religious community is not an end in itself. Yes, a religious community may deserve our loyalty, our devotion, our hard work, our prayers, our cheerful cooperation, our gratitude, and our financial support. In the end, however, we love our church because it invites us to become better people and because it pushes our society to become more humane and more just.

Come on in! There is a place waiting for you here. And there is a journey waiting for you here.

See you in church!

Rev. David



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