Why do you suppose we UUs insist on putting suffixes behind our religion’s initials when identifying ourselves? (e.g. UU Humanist, UU Christian, UU Buddhist, UU Pagan) It didn’t even occur to me NOT to put deist after UU when setting up my blog. I guess I’m also talking about the IA designations we align ourselves with, as well as individuals like myself who add a suffix.
Why do we perpetuate this culture of labeling ourselves? Why aren’t we just Unitarian Universalists? boom… that’s it. no more descriptor needed.
I don’t know. : | *sigh*
You think it’s because UU-ism has embraced so much diversity in its recent history that it’s watered itself down to the point of not having enough?…
I don’t know, just not enough.
Maybe this internal culture of labeling ourselves perpetuates because our religion doesn’t have a focal point we can hang everything else on, so we feel the need to say, “hey! look at me! this (Christian, Buddhist, Pagan, etc.) is where I rest my morals and ethics! Validate me! Join me!”
There’s an article from the UU World that I thought was amazing and I thought would be wonderful if our religion could shift to this idea and through it give us something to hang everything else. It speaks of gratitude and how it should be our defining religious discipline.
It would be quite a fine thing if from our pulpit came a constant message of teachings, meditations and prayer on gratitude. Maybe it would help some of us remember on a weekly basis to be thankful. I know it would me.
[deist takes a sip of coffee. thinks to himself, “damn, that’s good coffee. thank you, thank you to whoever made this really good coffee.”]