As Unitarian Universalists, we are in a unique position to help bring people closer to their vision of the divine – whether that be God, beloved community, nature, justice, or more. We were home to the spiritual but not religious before it was a marketing buzzword. But, let’s be honest, we kind of suck at it. If we were living up to our collective potential, we would be one of the largest denominations in the country. We need to REThink – rethink how we do religious education, rethink how we do church, and rethink our role in the public sphere.
This is my homepage – where I’m putting out my thoughts on my evolving philosophy of Religious Education, thoughts on the denomination as I serve on our UUA Board, and thoughts on greater liberal religious leadership. You’ll also find a collection of stories, homilies, and curriculum I’ve produced over my time as a Unitarian Universalist Religious Educator. Come along on this journey to change our liberal faith and how we teach it to our children, youth, and adults. And if I had to come up with four words that describe by overall philosophy, it’s Innovate, Empower, Connect, and Inspire.
We have to continuously innovate to match a society that is continuously innovating. If we want our faith to be relevant in people’s lives, we have to not only embrace innovation but also innovate within our programs.
We have to empower our volunteers to make a difference in the world. We have to empower parents to parent according to their own values. We have to empower our teachers to do what’s best for their classroom.
We have to connect our volunteers to each other, parents, students, and the holy. We have to connect parents with other families for companionship and mentorship. We have to connect our kids with each other and the holy.
We have to inspire everyone we meet – from congregants to children to strangers on the internet. We have to inspire folks to be their best selves, to change the world, and to engage with a society that can bring out the worst in people.