All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
They support paganism, among other religions, and believe that each person has a spiritual path of their own. That each person is entitled to pursue their own path, irrespective of others beliefs and ideals.
If you have not joined your local UU church, you should, to support the only group which has managed to bring together all people of the pagan and occult worlds into one fellowship.
Just a thought.
Each congregation is very different, but in my opinion, you aren't completely off-the-mark. The community can be great or not and it's hit and miss with the spirituality of it. One fellowship I went to, however, I got the sense of a strong silent bond between members and I believe that there was something spiritual there that was given expression in the respect we gave each other. Our minister was exceptional, though, I think, and his sermons were always insightful.
While as a pagan, the rituals and the community weren't really "enough" for me, I don't think that means that there wasn't something spiritually powerful at at least most of the UUs I went to for the regular members and there is some danger in assuming that just because the way that church felt to YOU meant that it wasn't spiritual for most of the other people who went there.
For perspective: I went to an open pagan ritual once that I felt NOTHING at... NOTHING. But the guy standing RIGHT NEXT TO ME was all aglow... I could SEE the awe in his face and sparkle in his eyes afterwards... he really felt something powerful when all I felt was annoyed.
Everyone has a different sense of what is spiritual, so I don't doubt that for regular UUs, their services and belief system can be quit powerful sometimes. Just because you didn't find God at UU, doesn't mean other people cannot. There really isn't much, if any, dogma but that doesn't mean UUs don't believe anything... UU churches are just collections of religious eclectics. Sometimes they gel, sometimes they don't, sometimes one gets a lot and another doesn't, but yes, they are embracing of paganism in more than just a "tolerant" sort of way and I do believe that Neo-pagans should take advantage of this more often and support UUism in their communities when they there is an opportunity. In fact, whenever there's an open circle in your community, see if you can post something up on the bullitan board at the local UU... and you can also attend a meeting and make an announcement about it after the service when they ask if anyone has community announcements.
I consider UUs to be the "f** hags" of paganism. They're not quite us, but they sure know how to make us feel truly welcomed and accepted.
Glad it works for you ... after speaking with a few ministers at the UU church I was not impressed with them..
The UU fellowship's don't keep spirituality to dole out to each passerby. Spirituality is an echo of your own path, and there is in a UU exactly as much as you bring with you. Each person's path in a UU is their own, different or the same as others, but distinctly personal for each individual.
Rob, I respect that you were looking for something and didn't find it; Nor a guide to help you find more of the "it", spirituality your way. As you say, and I don't mean this disparagingly, there was as much spirituality for you there as you brought with you.
Greetings Ianna. :) And to the others, whom found room to breathe, people to experience, and a community that was willing to ask what you could be and what you could bring. What an awesome experience that is to receive encouragement in your own personal growth.
Something to try... the next time you attend a UU Fellowship, raise a ward (a circle) around the grounds. Push power into the ward and intent a positive flow. Be the reason that someone else' eyes light up in wonder.