The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1649  Wednesday, 20 August 2003

From:           Geralyn Horton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 19 Aug 2003 11:21:00 -0400
Subject: 14.1637 Re: Unitarians
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1637 Re: Unitarians

Baynam's  certainty "by definition" does not correspond to contemporary
UU practice.   The latest debate in the UUA is whether any "God talk" is
appropriate in Sunday morning services at all.    Atheists are a
significant % of our congregations, along with polytheists, Buddhists,
Jews, and pagans  The biggest subgroup calls itself agnostic.     (My
own local UU minister is a Zen master: my mother's congregation has a
minister who comes from the Hindu tradition: Gandhi was a family
friend.)  The humorous definition of Unitarians as those who believe
that  "There is at-- most one-- God" is closer than theism as a
description.     There are even a few Trinitarian Christians sprinkled
amongst us, however.

We don't  excommunicate anybody.  We just stop speaking to them during
our most important ritual, Coffee Hour.

>>  but certainly most Unitarians are not and
>> have not been
>> secularists. More or less by definition, they're
>> theists (sometimes
>> Deists) but just not, as the name implies, trinitarian
>> theists. A
>> secularist Unitiarian would be as odd a creature as a
>> secularist

Geralyn Horton, playwright
Newton, MA

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