A well-attended organizational meeting was held on January 21, 2018. Readings and assignments were distributed. The group will meet on Sundays once a month. Bill Hayes and Carol Bartz will lead this interactive course.
UUA’s Build Your Own Theology Course
Often, as Unitarian Universalists, we know what we do not believe more fully than we know what we do believe. This course urges you to explore your own theology along with the others who are in the group. Participants will write their own spiritual autobiography, probe themselves towards some self-understanding, look at different leanings within Unitarian Universalism, look critically at their own heritage as well as UU traditions and prominent people in our denomination’s history, look at ethics, and ultimately, will write their own creed that defines what they as an individual believe.
“Theology comes out of the tough and tender experiences of life. First comes the experience, then the reflection on the experience which leads to a deeper experience.”
The Seven Principles are the “Operational Values,” the pre-requisites for creating a credo: 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, 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..
Five major theological options that characterize contemporary American UUism: Religious Humanism, Earth/Nature Centered Spirituality, Theism, Liberal Christianity and Mysticism.
There are ten sessions which take you through the journey using readings, writing by participants, and sharing. Each person develops a written credo with edits added from each session.
- A Liberal Religious Model
- Autobiography, your own religious odyssey
- Varieties of Liberal Religious Experience’
- Human Nature, some self understanding
- Ultimate Reality – Creating an Honest God
- History – an Honest backward Look
- Ethics as Unenforceable obligations
- We are the Meaning Makers
- Imperatives of My theology’
- A Credo