That's right I'm one of the ten percent of respondents in the poll who expressed a preference for religious language - not because I use it a lot, but because it is useful to me in a much wider universe, than is "non-theistic" language alone. I do use a lot of non-religious language too - in the meetings and on the advisory board of the large Midwestern Secular community (CFI Michigan) to which I belong. And much of the time, in the UU congregation (Berrien UU Fellowship - about half humanist in membership) in which I am active. And in the overwhelming majority of my dealings with HUUmanists. Read more about I prefer religious language - no snark! Well, almost none. »
By David Breeden
[Editor's note: This is the second article published recently that makes a case against the use of traditional religious language in Unitarian Universalism. As the poll of our members and friends indicates (at least with the current sample) about a third of you have no problem with such language though, unsurprisingly, few UU Humanists prefer it. I would like to publish an article that makes the case that using traditional religious language is not an issue. Please consider submitting one.] Read more about Sneaking One Over on the Humanists (warning: snark) »
We would like some information about UU non-theists' opinions on the use of words like the ones in the word collage above in Unitarian Universalism. Please respond to this poll if you consider yourself a UU (even if you are not "officially" a member) and if you are a non-theist of any type (atheist, agnostic, humanist, freethinker, ignostic, apatheist, etc.) Once you place your vote you will see the current vote counts.
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By Dave Hunter, originally published in the journal "religious humanism", Vol. 44, No. 1.
In which Pooh and Piglet explore the 100-acre wood and the meaning of reverence. (apologies to A.A. Milne)
Pooh and Piglet are out for a walk.
Pooh: Christopher Robin wants me to join the Cub Scouts.
Piglet: What’s that?
Pooh: It’s sort of a club for young bears; they do things together.
Piglet: Sounds like fun.
Pooh: But you have to learn stuff.
Piglet: Like what?
Pooh: Like what is reverence.
They continue walking, quietly, then Pooh says:
Pooh: Piglet, we’re in the 100-acre wood.
Piglet: Why, so we are. Look at those trees.
Pooh: They’re so tall, I can’t see the tops of them.
Piglet: How do they make you feel?
Pooh: I don’t know. They’ve always been here. They’ll always be here. They’re awesome. I’m humbled. I’m speechless.
Piglet: Did you know that the trees provide homes for birds and bumble bees and badgers?
Pooh: What good trees. I just want to say thank you.
Piglet: How would you feel if someone wanted to cut them all down? Read more about Journal Article: Brave, Clean, and Reverent? »