Thanks for everyone's responses so far. I have PM'd a couple of you.
Originally Posted by Adele_Mommy
I was not raised UU, but as a mother who is currently raising my DD UU, I am interested in your project. Since you especially want people who have chosen a different faith in adulthood, and not become non-religious, or stayed UU, it sounds like you are seeking out people who had a bad experience being raised UU. I was wondering why that was?
I have received a lot of survey responses so far, but most of them have either been from folks who no longer are involved in an organized religion or who still identify as UUs. I appreciate these responses, and hope to continue to receive them as they too will be invaluable in what I am writing. That said, I would like my book to be inclusive of all types of experiences because I am really interested in how different people understand their experiences and journeys. It will be important, for this reason, to get responses from a wider range of people.
By the way, Adele_Mommy, if you have not yet seen or read it, there is a book on experiences of lifelong UUs (those of us who were raised and stayed in the tradition) that you might be interested in. It's called Full Circle
and was written by Katie Covey (formerly Katie Erslev). The author and I go a LONG way back...she was my childhood DRE
|What is the purpose of the project/book?
The book is quite simply about the religious narratives of folks who were raised as UUs. I am interested in how different people come to understand their experiences differently, but I am not coming from a place of judgement in the least. I am curious...interested...and listening. When my brother says that it is but through the grace of God that he came to meet Jesus despite our upbringing, I think his story is important. When my sister says that she is so thankful to have been raised in the tradition of the "free church" because she feels it brought her to God, I think her story is important. When another sister says that she has no opinion on God and is generally agnostic, and that she feels organized religion unimportant in her life, her story is important too.
Part of my interest has stemmed from observing myself and my siblings grow through the years. Though we were raised in the same faith tradition, we have developed very different narratives as we have made meaning of our experiences. I started noticing in my own children that they too were born as very different religious thinkers. My ds and dd come to existential questions from really different places, and it has made me wonder how they might write their own narratives.
I think people's stories will really speak for themselves. I don't want to re-cast them or put them into a preconceived notion of what they should be so my book has a certain angle. I just want to learn from the people who do me the kindness of sharing their stories with me. And I suspect those stories will all be different.
|I know lots of people at my UU church who were raised UU, but of course they have chosen to remain UU as adults. Should I ask them if they would be willing to take a survey, or would you rather I didn't?
I'll PM you the link right now.