Host/Presenter: Chad Minteer
At this time of year as we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country and recall its beginnings, it is inspiring to consider some of the extraordinary men whose religious views shaped the foundations of the government in this country. If we look carefully at the ideas of these extraordinary founders, we see that they are highly relevant to our current world, and that we would do well to revive those ideas.
We will briefly consider the religious beliefs of the first 3 American Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams; as well as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine. Using our hearts as well as our minds, we can work to reinvigorate the ideas on which this nation was founded:
- A tradition of respect for reason and for the benefits of science;
- A tradition of viewing our religious diversity as a strength to be treasured;
- A tradition that values the benefits of open and free religious practice;
- A tradition that the people are truly free in the practice of their religion when religion is not interwoven with the power of the State.
As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud tradition of responding to the imperatives of love and justice to work with those of us who are marginalized and oppressed in society and the world. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.
Child care is available. Please join us Sunday at our new location located in the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West, at 10:30 AM. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.