I did not grow up in a church, but my husband did, and I could see that I missed out on something special. I wanted my kids to experience that same sort of community, but did not want to attend a traditional church since I identify as a secular humanist. After some research, I found that I agree with the philosophy of Unitarian Universalism. My kids have found the special community at UUCB that I hoped they would, and as I have increased my involvement with the church, I have found myself to be a part of that community as well. UUCB has become home to my family.
I made this my church home after years in a mainline Protestant denomination. The teachings of Jesus are foundational for me, and I find the other faith traditions included here to be enriching. Everyone is free to question everything and to express all beliefs and doubts. I like raising my kids where EVERYONE is respected and treated equally, and may participate fully in all areas of church life. We don’t all have to think or believe the same thing here; we love each other and we learn from our differences. It’s more than a Sunday thing. This is my family’s primary community.
The UU Church of Birmingham has been a home for my family since we moved here from California in 2009. We dedicated our daughters here and they have been loved by the church ever since. We value the opportunity to see positive models of parenting and marriage. The church community teaches us how to live in relationship with others and in how to live our values in the community.
I started out life agnostic—taught skepticism for church, faith, and community. As I grew older, I found friends in the people that shared my work, my hobbies, my politics, but I found myself searching for stronger, more fundamental, connections. A few years back, my sister Martha, who attends the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship in Southern Illinois, visited us and we went together to check out the UU church here in Birmingham. I intended only to humor her, but instead I discovered a loving, supportive, and spiritual community of fellow seekers. Thank you UUCB!
Being a member of UUCB has connected me to an inter-generational community of forward thinking, open-minded, and deeply caring people. Our church has a history of acting for civil rights that continues today. At UUCB I am accepted for who I am and not required to endorse a particular belief system. I treasure being part of community that questions and that listens to each other.
In this country, thanks to the 1st amendment to the Bill of Rights, we are all free to worship the God we have been taught about, to not worship at all, or to develop our own ideas and opinions about the nature and magnitude of the Divine. I concluded long ago that the author of the Ten Commandments couldn’t possibly be the author of my DNA. It just didn’t seem to be the same signature. So I go to The Unitarian Universalist Church every Sunday, serve my church as an usher. and worship the unknowable.