Return to Krista's Korner

"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

My Faith

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html

My Belief's According to the
Quiz



  1. Unitarian
    Universalism
    (100%)

  2. Liberal
    Quakers
    (94%)

  3. Neo-Pagan
    (93%)

  4. New
    Age
    (91%)

  5. Mahayana
    Buddhism
    (84%)

  6. Theravada
    Buddhism
    (83%)

  7. Mainline
    to Liberal Christian Protestants
    (83%)

  8. Hinduism
    (63%)

  9. Taoism
    (63%)

  10. Jainism
    (62%)

  11. Secular
    Humanism
    (62%)

  12. Sikhism
    (60%)

  13. New
    Thought
    (59%)

  14. Reform
    Judaism
    (57%)

  15. Bahá'í
    Faith
    (54%)

  16. Orthodox
    Quaker
    (52%)

  17. Scientology
    (48%)

  18. Christian
    Science (Church of Christ, Scientist)
    (43%)

  19. Nontheist
    (35%)

  20. Church
    of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
    (29%)

  21. Orthodox
    Judaism
    (28%)

  22. Seventh
    Day Adventist
    (27%)

  23. Mainline
    to Conservative Christian/Protestant
    (21%)

  24. Jehovah's
    Witness
    (21%)

  25. Eastern
    Orthodox
    (19%)

  26. Roman
    Catholic
    (19%)

  27. Islam
    (17%)


Here is Belief
Net's
Description:



  • Belief in Deity

    Very diverse beliefs--Unitarian/Universalists welcome all deity beliefs as
    well as nontheistic beliefs. Some congregations are formed for those who
    share a common belief, e.g. Christianity.

  • Incarnations

    Very diverse beliefs, including belief in no incarnations, or that all are
    the embodiment of God. Some believe Christ is God's Son, or not Son but
    "Wayshower."

  • Origin of Universe and Life

    Diverse beliefs, but most believe in the Bible as symbolic and that natural
    processes account for origins.

  • After Death

    Diverse beliefs, but most believe that heaven and hell are not places but
    are symbolic. Some believe heaven and hell are states of consciousness
    either in life or continuing after death; some believe in reincarnation;
    some believe that afterlife is nonexistent or not known or not important, as
    actions in life are all that matter.

  • Why Evil?

    Most do not believe that humanity inherited original sin from Adam and Eve
    or that Satan actually exists. Most believe that God is good and made people
    inherently good but also with free will and an imperfect nature that leads
    some to immoral behavior. Diverse beliefs. Some believe wrong is committed
    when people distance themselves from God. Some believe in “karma,” that
    what goes around comes around. Some believe wrongdoing is a matter of human
    nature, psychology, sociology, etc.

  • Salvation

    Some believe in salvation through faith in God and Jesus Christ, along with
    doing good works and doing no harm to others. Many believe all will be
    saved, as God is good and forgiving. Some believe in reincarnation and the
    necessity to eliminate personal greed or to learn all of life’s lessons
    before achieving enlightenment or salvation. For some, the concepts of
    salvation or enlightenment are irrelevant or disbelieved.

  • Undeserving Suffering

    Diverse beliefs. Most Unitarians do not believe that Satan causes suffering.
    Some believe suffering is part of God’s plan, will, or design, even if we
    don’t immediately understand it. Some don’t believe in any spiritual
    reasons for suffering, and most take a humanistic approach to helping those
    in need.

  • Contemporary Issues

    The Unitarian Universalist Association’s stance is to protect the personal
    right to choose abortion. Other contemporary views include working for
    equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and
    remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and
    environmental protection.


 


 And from the UUA


About Unitarian Universalism


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With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian
Universalism is a liberal religion -- that is, a religion that keeps an open
mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and
places. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the
final authorities in religion, and that in the end religious authority lies not
in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a
"non-creedal" religion: we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed.


Our congregations are self-governing. Authority and responsibility are vested
in the membership of the congregation. Each Unitarian Universalist congregation
is involved in many kinds of programs. Worship is held regularly, the insights
of the past and the present are shared with those who will create the future,
service to the community is undertaken, and friendships are made. A visitor to a
UU congregation will very likely find events and activities such as church
school, day-care centers, lectures and forums, support groups, poetry festivals,
family events, adult education classes and study groups.


 


And the important (at least
to me) info:


 


Unitarian Universalist Association Principles and Purposes


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We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association,
covenant to affirm and promote



  • 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.


The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:



  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all
    cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the
    forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront
    powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming
    power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and
    spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by
    loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the
    results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the
    sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of
    nature.


Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our
faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As
free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our
mutual trust and support.


The Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association



The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and
exercise its corporate powers for religious, educational and humanitarian
purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its
member congregations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen
Unitarian Universalist institutions and implement its principles.


The Association declares and affirms its special responsibility, and that
of its member societies and organizations, to promote the full participation
of persons in all of its and their activities and in the full range of human
endeavor without regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual
orientation, age, or national origin and without requiring adherence to any
particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or
creed.


Nothing herein shall be deemed to infringe upon the individual freedom of
belief which is inherent in the Universalist and Unitarian heritages or to
conflict with any statement of purpose, covenant, or bond of union used by any
society unless such is used as a creedal test.