A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

John A. Buehrens Forrest Church / Jun 24, 2019

A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism For those contemplating religious choices Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief In thi

  • Title: A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
  • Author: John A. Buehrens Forrest Church
  • ISBN: 9780807016176
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief In this new edition of the classic introductory text on Unitarian Universalism, which includes a revealing, entertaining foreword by best selling author Robert Fulghum All I ReallFor those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief In this new edition of the classic introductory text on Unitarian Universalism, which includes a revealing, entertaining foreword by best selling author Robert Fulghum All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It , a new preface by UU moderator Denise Davidoff, and two new chapters by the authors, John Buehrens and Forrest Church explore the many sources of the living tradition of their chosen faith.

    A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism The old timer as well as the come outer will find A Chosen Faith irresistible It will be a gift for everyone, for the minister, for the laity, for theological students It will be a gift for everyone, for the minister, for the laity, for theological students. inSpirit UUA Bookstore and Gift Shop A Chosen Faith A Chosen Faith is a thought provoking, entertaining sourcebook for searchers, newcomers and lifelong learners. A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief In this new edition of Beacon Press Discussion Guide A Chosen Faith David Rankin s Ten Beliefs We believe in the importance of a religious community Peers confirm and validate experience, and provide a critical platform, as well as a network of mutual support From A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, by John A Buehrens and Forrest Church Boston Beacon Press, . A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by John Buehrens, Forrest Church, F Forrester Church For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief. A Chosen Faith iamuu Apr , Ours is a chosen faith That choice is essential to our values Belonging starts with the individual hearing our message and our vision for the world and wanting to be part of that. A Chosen Faith by John Beuhrens, Forrest Church About A Chosen Faith For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over A chosen faith an introduction to Unitarian Universalism A chosen faith an introduction to Unitarian Universalism John A Buehrens F Forrester Church Affirming diversity, dialogue, and personal choice in religious living, providing common ground and community for people from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs, and encouraging the work for

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    1. I’ve enjoyed attending a Unitarian Universalist church about every other Sunday for a while, and thought I should know a little more about it, so I picked up this book.That’s a lie. I have no idea where the book came from, whether it was a gift or a request for review or a purchase I forgot I had made. It just appeared on my bookshelf, without getting logged in my review queue. I love mysteries, so I read it.U.U. is a merger of two denominations—Universalists and Unitarians—and to be hon [...]


    2. This is a wonderful little book both as an Introduction/Overview to Unitarian Universalism and as a general work on non-creedal religion. Unitarians do not proselytize or evangelize and do not have any formal doctrine beyond seven basic principles (below). As a result, it can be a bit difficult to tease out the core of the faith. This book is a good, basic summation of the religion and its theology by a former UUA president (Buehrens) and one of its most prominent theologians, the recently decea [...]


    3. I started attending a UU church back in November after the election and wanted to learn more about the history and tenets of the church. This book does a great job of outlining both in a way that also held my attention. I particularly liked this quote, "Faith is not ultimately about believing some proposition in spite of the evidence; it is more like living with courage, gratitude, and integrity despite life's inevitable losses. And hope is not a matter of knowing that everything will turn out a [...]


    4. My family has started attending the local Unitarian Universalist church in the last couple months and I’ve found it quite invigorating and interesting. As part of the process, we took the “Introduction to UU” class and I bought a book about the religion. Having finished it now, I’m happy to report that I’m even more interested in this community than I was previously.A couple general thoughts: * UU started as a Christian sect that held views believed by other sects to be apostasy. Its c [...]


    5. The Unitarian church is one of the few churches where I feel totally comfortable and at home; even invigorated and refueled with life after the service. Their sentiments are in line with my own, both spiritually and socially. They stand for social justice and acceptance of all walks of life, all religions, they aren't preachy or dogmatic in their sermons -which I love. This book gets into the history of the sect (did you know that Ralph Waldo Emerson was a Unitarian??), as well as the principles [...]


    6. This is a great introduction to Unitarian Universalism. It’s very informative, well-researched, and well-thought. At times it seemed to drag a little for me because the material is pretty heavy philosophically and informationally, but I’m glad I pushed through. It was definitely worth it. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in religion and the nature of spirituality in general, as there are a lot of great thoughts along those lines.I checked this out from the library but I feel [...]


    7. Not for everyone, it being a mostly spiritual text, but a very good introduction to the seven foundational principles, and history, of UUism (for short). It reminds me why I call myself a Unitarian Universalist, because I don't often have the opportunity to attend services. I would recommend it for anyone interested in broadening their knowledge about spiritual belief systems, and especially for any UU that wants to know more about the basic guidelines of UUism. The authors, both ministers and i [...]


    8. My first thought upon finishing this book was that I needed to read it a second time, which I plan to do soon. This is partially because the book is sufficiently dense as to require multiple readings. But mostly, I'd like to spend more time with these thoughtful, nuanced essays by John Buehrens and Forrest Church. I particularly admire how they contextualize and interpret traditional Judeo-Christian theology within Unitarian Universalism. I've been attending a UU church lately, and this book mak [...]


    9. I didn't particularly care for this book; mainly because it wasn't what I expected. I expected more of a modern take on Unitarian Universalism but it seemed like I received more of a history of how Unitarians and Universalists came together to form UU. There was definitely some contemporary stuff in there, but the book was so dry that I had begun skipping whole sections and I can't really speak to the meat of the book. Not a book I would recommend to beginners wanting to learn about UU.


    10. There is very little of describing the actual systems or beliefs of the church, but that's probably because they don't really have them. Most of this is stories of U.U's who fought for various social issues of old, and feels more like an appeal to social activists to join. Those looking to learn more about the church in an intellectual manner would be better served to read the introduction and foreword, then skip the rest.


    11. An essential book for anyone who has interest inthe current, living Unitarian Univeralist Association. There is some history as you would hope for but much of the information has to do with the here-and-now.


    12. Great book for a new Unitarian Universalist. Through dueling stories between John Buehrens and Forrest Church, this gives a good sample of the spiritual perspectives that make up this faith.


    13. After a few years in occasionally attending UU Congregations. I bought the book. Such a fantastic introduction to a chosen faith ;). I love how the 2 authors go back and forth chapter to chapter. I'm so grateful to have found this book, and would recommend it to anyone inquiring about the UU Faith. I'm now attending the Inquirers Series @ First Unitarian in Dallas. This book helped me find my spiritual home. :)


    14. Read book and went to churchI guess I'm looking for some spiritology. I had heard of the Unitarian church so I bought and read the book and it's just what I'm looking for. I attended one of their masses and it exceeded my expectations. A lot of the parishioners shared similar experiences and had similar views. We'll see what happens.


    15. A wonderful introduction to Unitarian Universalism - a "religion" that my soul has been seeking. The chapters are basically sermons on each of the principles shared by UU congregations and the six sources of faith. At long last, a faith that doesn't exclude or discourage individualism and thought!


    16. Unitarian Universalists, and those curious about the faith, wishing to understand the religion''s sources, will find A Chosen Faith by Forrest Church and John Buehrens useful. I found it a thought-provoking and enjoyable read.


    17. One of the quotes by Margaret Fuller, "Cherish your best hopes as a faith, and abide by them in action," is probably my favorite line in this book.


    18. Obviously a slow, thoughtful read. Given to me by my assistant minister a couple of years ago. i studied it more than read it and learned a lot - not all of it i agree with, but that's ok!


    19. This was an enormously thought-provoking and well-constructed set of essays on religion and its role in the great big diverse world. It is wrapped inside a discussion of the Unitarian Universalist faith, which seems to define itself by reveling in just these sorts of issues.UU is an odd faith, and it's hard to call it a faith at all. It's more a meta-faith, a faith about having faith. Included explicitly under its umbrella are flavors of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Atheism, and Paganism. Its c [...]


    20. This is a great introduction to the history of how Unitarian Universalism was formedd you'd be surprised to see how many instrumental people in history identified as such.


    21. In reality, I read this book on the advice of CLF - the largest UU congregation in the UUA, but done online. This congregation was created as a correspondence group. There is no UU congregation where I currently live until or unless 1) I effectively found one using locals or 2)someone more powerful and persuasive shows up at a 'better time' and founds a local UU congregation, here in Lutheran Northern Germany. The book is intended to be what it says it is. I read it from the perspective of havin [...]


    22. Growing up in reformed churches, (though I didn't know to call them that at the time), it shocked me one of the authors admitted to working outside of 'sola scriptura' (A reformed tradition since Luther's time) and outside of 'just trust your priest' (the reformed take on Orthodox treating (or seeming to treat) tradition and commentary as primary sources/authorities). Instead he writes of 'a conversation with tradition(s),' (realizing that tradition encompasses 'scripture' cannon also)Maybe my i [...]


    23. I chose to read this book to discover more about Unitarian Universalism, specifically to determine if it's right for me. The co-authors delivered a coherent and inviting picture of a faith based on inclusiveness and kindness. I know now that I should attend a few more services before committing to the local congregation because each congregation is different, but based on passages like this one I'm pretty sure I will fit in:"One thing that confuses people about Unitarian Universalism--both peopl [...]


    24. I would probably prefer to give this book 3.5 stars. This book is written by two main authors - John Buerhens and Forrest Church. I strongly preferred the opinions of Church to Buerhens. Buerhens is avowedly a Christian, and very anti-atheist. As someone who is decidedly non-theist, that stance doesn't sit well with me. Understanding that UU isn't a faith of creed, it is easy enough for me to read and consider what he has to say without considering it to represent all of UU. Still, that half of [...]


    25. For anyone who believes that there is some sort of power in the universe that is responsible for life, whether that be God, or science, or whatever you want to call it, this book was an enjoyable and fast read (I read it on my flight back to LA from NYC). Generally speaking, I've always viewed religion with a healthy amount of skepticism, mostly because no matter how much they preach about "loving thy neighbor", what they usually mean is "Love thy neighbor, except those who don't believe in our [...]


    26. Being newly introduced to and involved in a Unitarian Universalist church, I found this introduction to be helpful and insightful. I have read some bad reviews of it and to be honest, I'm a little surprised. I enjoyed it and I know I will reference it again (which is why I bought it instead of just getting it from my local library - which surprisingly enough does have a copy). Finishing the book makes me regret not highlighting as I went along (something I literally have not done since I studied [...]


    27. As a fairly new UU, I thought this book might provide additional insight into what the denomination is about. The book didn't disappoint. In keeping with UU in general, this book is not dogma. It is a collection of essays and reflections by very experienced and well versed people who relate, in a very personal, what UUA means to them. It is full of thought provoking quotes and some touching (and sometimes amusing) stories. I didn't read this book from cover to cover without interruption but used [...]


    28. This is an excellent introduction to liberal religion in general and Unitarian Universalism in particular. In a series of alternating essays, the two authors provide an overview of UU history, beliefs, principles, and sources of faith. This certainly contains much to consider for anyone on (or off) the religious spectrum. There is some repetition between the chapters and parts require a lot of focus to process, but on the whole this is a very accessible and engaging work. It primarily appeals to [...]


    29. Great intro to UU, many inspiring quotes. very informative, a little philosophically challenging at times but overall gave me a great reason more to attend my local UU chapter. My favorite quote is from page 195, "I chose Unitarian Universalism because I need balanceI can do all those wonderful, earth centered spiritual things: sing under the stars, dance for hours, create moving ceremonies for the changings of seasons or the passage of time in the lives of men and women. But I also need to be a [...]


    30. I'm not going to go into my religious and spiritual journey here because that could fill entire books, and that's not what you're here for either. I enjoyed this book. It was written in a very straight forward manner which I like. It gave me insight into what UU is really about, and there were some very inspirational parts in it which I loved, but mainly this book is and remains intelligent and instructional, without the need of flowery language or the pulling of emotional heartstrings. If you s [...]


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