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    I've watched my brother's church, a Congregational Church, part of the UCC, the one we grew up in, thrive since he was ordained there. It has grown many times its size and power since his first days.
    It is an active church, quietly taking part in helping the community grow and improve, no heavy handedness or preachiness.
    And the Unitarian churches in my area are also growing, filling up with people who've become disenchanted with or have outgrown the more dogmatic faiths. My sister's mother-in-law, a retired Methodist minister, has moved on to the Unitarian and she occasionally suggests to me that I should come and check it out.
    I'm not one for organized faith now, but at one time, I was considering the ministry and had been a lay preacher several times. So now I would not join in with secularists who feel compelled to mock all faiths. In most faiths, there are followers who embrace the whole enchilada, rites, rituals, hierarchy and all. But most faiths also have those who pick and choose what is meaningful or useful to them on their own personal spiritual evolution and they tolerate or ignore the rest. We should not mock people of faith or paint them with a broad brush in our commentary. Some people use faith for a crutch, others for entertainment and others for whatever the experience may offer that helps or edifies them. Rather than being ruled by their religion or used by it, they use their faith for their own purposes and are not submissive, do not suspend their disbelief.

    To each her/his own. I try to stay out of my neighbor's way as she pursues her spiritual needs. I only object if she becomes aggressive or oppressive to others in pursuit of or full-scale enslavement to her faith.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 12:13:56 PM PDT

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