Those of you who have been following Wisdom and Life understand my challenge with finding a spiritual home that I’m comfortable in. I’ve attended Catholic Mass on numerous occasions. When younger I went to Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Norwich, Connecticut with my maternal grandparents; yet I never felt as if I belonged in either place. Even when I was young, I felt out of place in religion. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe. On the contrary, as I’ve said here countless times, my faith is what carried me through all the obstacles I faced growing up. Were it not for my deep conviction in God, I sincerely don’t know how I would have survived. My faith has never wavered.
I just haven’t found a place where I felt comfortable enough to make a commitment.
Until I came across The Shoreline Unitarian Society. From the moment I left the first service, I KNEW I found my home. I knew, because a few months before I came across Rob Bell’s Book:
Love Wins and after reading it, I FINALLY understood the spiritual place I belonged. As I stated in the above linked column at Wisdom and Life, there is some debate about whether Mr Bell is a Universalist. However if you read Love Wins then direct your attention to Unitarian Belief, I think you may come away with the same knowledge that I did:
That Rob Bell does indeed hold many Unitarian values.
I went every week for about six months two years ago, then, life interrupted and I stopped going. Then, the week before Christmas, 2015, I decided to return and I’ve re-committed myself to attending every week. If you don’t know much about Unitarian belief, I highly recommend looking into the belief system. Reading some of what they believe. You can find info at UUA.org. You may find yourself connecting with much of their paradigm.
The ONLY thing I kind of find lacking is any talk of God. I understand why. It’s because Unitarianism is non denominational. That lack is not enough to keep me away however. At least not at the moment. There is so much more that keeps me returning. Maybe you’ll feel the same way.
Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.
Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying. For there truly is no end.
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Very, very interesting. I did not know.
Many long years ago before I recommitted myself to Christianity, I did visit a Unitarian congregation on many occasions. That God wasn’t mentioned truly got to me, too. It wasn’t the journey He wanted me on, but we are all different. Peace and blessings, Chris!
God is Love. That works for me. We’ve been going (Universalist Church in West Hartford) for 18 years. I’ll be giving the lay sermon on March 20.
Happy for you Chris!!
As for me I need to hear God or I get lost in the details. 🙂
So glad Chris you found a home. That is what counts. You can talk to God there and all the time where ever you are. I admire that you keep seeking and came back too. That is a great model for all of us.