|Originally posted by Kirsten
I have a question for all you UUers out there. What percentage of your congregations would you say are some type of atheists? I recently figured out that I am actually a secular humanist and read that some UU churchs are 40 to 50% secular humanists. Is that accurate? I am thinking of going to check it out (there is one near me) but am not sure if it would be a good fit for me.
I've never heard any particular numbers/percentages of any particular beliefs in UU churches. My suggestion is to just check out the church. If it isn't you, find the next nearest. Some are more one type than others. In Manhattan for example, there is one church that is very Christian (by our standards), one church that is basically Pagan, and one that is quite neutral (ours)...don't know how else to describe it. We have Buddists, Pagans, Atheists...not sure what the heck I am...I guess I lean a bit towards being agnostic, but can't quite commit to it.
I'm also a little bit Christian (grew up in Christian Science and would probably still be in it except for that agnostic bent), a little bit Jewish - thanks to many college friends, a little bit Pagan....
There is also a church in Boston - Kings Chapel - that is so Christian that they have "revised [their] prayer book nine times" since they were established in the 17 or 1800's! (I had commented to the minister after services that they must not have changed much since the church was founded, though I think I was more polite than that.) I have been to six other UU churches (including the more Christian one in Manhattan), and none
of them use prayer books.
During a Summer lay-led service at my in-laws' church, one speaker described UU as being the place for, "Lost Christians, found Jews, confirmed agnostics, and confused atheists." This is a church where a good number of their members are from mixed Christian and Jewish marriages who are looking for something they can all be comfortable with.
|P.S. Is this bad thread etiquette - to ask a related but off topic question on a preexisting thread? Since you all are already here, I thought the right people to answer my question were already here.
Not as far as I'm concerned. This is as good a place as any - besides, you've got people like me, who often go a while just checking replies to a thread they've subscribed to when they get the email notification. Besides, this was
a call for UU's. It sounds like you could be one of us, even if no church near you is a good fit.