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  •  To me, nothing is more divine (2+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO, LSophia

    than a Redwood grove... or a Kelp forest.

    •  Also a UU, born to active parents. (3+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, LSophia, samddobermann

      No baptism for me or my kids, no indoctrination in any religion. There are 7 principles we affirm. Very simple. I am especially fond of 1 & 7.

      - The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
      - Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
      - Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
      -A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
      -The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
      -The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
      -Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

      They are essentially guidelines to explain who we are to others. I maintain that no more than 5% of UUs could recite them from memory. ;)

      In addition to having board members, religious education teachers, choir directors and ministers that are LGBT, we also have wiccan and pagan subgroups. My daughter and I had a wonderful time at one of their meetings. That church has a new lesbian minister, who has been with her partner for ~25 years. UU ministers are not assigned, they are chosen by the congregation.

      Check out other sources of principles and faith UUs draw from.

      You might be interested in my parenting comment above.

      Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education Curricula

      Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults.
      You don't have to join to participate in services, programs or social events. A good percent of UUs were raised in another church. Family alienation and rejection are well understood in our members.

      Added to being in a city where no one knows you is a huge void. I hope you can find a place to meet people who will support and care about you.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:09:46 PM PDT

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