At Channing, our mission is to provide a safe, affirming, and encouraging place for the progressive religious community to explore spirituality through education, religious service, and involvement in issues of community concern, social justice, and civil liberties.
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) believe in complete but responsible freedom of speech, thought, belief, faith, and disposition. We believe that each person is free to search for his or her own personal truth on issues like the existence, nature, and meaning of life, deities, creation, and afterlife. UUs can come from any heritage, have any sexual orientation, and hold beliefs from a variety of cultures or religions.
Concepts about deity are diverse among UUs. Some believe that there is no god (atheism); others believe in many gods (polytheism). Some believe that God is a metaphor for a transcendant reality. Some believe in a female god (goddess), a passive god (Deism), a Christian god, or a god manifested in nature or one which is the "ground of being". Some UUs reject the idea of deities and instead speak of "universal spirit" or "reverence for life". Unitarian Universalists support each person's search for truth and meaning in concepts of deity.
— Rev. Donna Compton: Hope: Sister of Gratitude
A favorite poem of mine, especially for the new year, is titled, "I Thank You for Those Things That Are Yet Possible." It is sometimes a difficult task in our world to find hope, particularly hope that is not based on apple-pie dreams or self-serving denial. But hope is something we need so badly right now, and there is yet much to be grateful for much on which to base our hope. Let's talk about ways to look forward with genuine hope.
Rev. Kalen Fristad has been a United Methodist minister for more than 40 years, and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship.
Rev. Fristad has written a book on universalism, entitled; DESTINED FOR SALVATION: God’s Promise to Save Everyone, and a Study Book with the same title. His books, CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase after the Forum