May 14: Can An Athiest Worship?

Presented by Rev. Elizabeth Greene

Words closely associated with religion can be controversial, especially among people whose theologies vary: theists, mystics, agnostics, atheists, nature spirits, etc. (Yes, congregations do sometimes include atheists! These are people who understand the importance of community, without necessarily participating in theology.)

What does “faith” mean to various people: “Worship?” , “God?”, “Reverence?” Rev. Greene will reflect on how we might understand each other better, even when we may have apparently conflicting views of a religious subject.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

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.
Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the rear of the building. Child care is usually available.

Sunday, April 10, 2016: “Why Atheists Go to Church”

Host/Presenter: Chad Minteer

Our universe, from the smallest particles to the galaxies beyond our galaxy, fills us with profound wonder. Why life exists and for what purpose—humans have struggled to answer that question for millennia. In a day and age when so much is revealed to us by science, “God” may or may not be part of our world view.
People with atheist and agnostic beliefs find a supportive community in Unitarian Universalist congregations. UUs are pro-science, pro-reason, and pro-Evolution. UUs know there is no “one right answer” when it comes to belief, and we don’t let that stop us from taking action for a better world. We build a community that welcomes us in our wholeness, cherishes our doubts, and invites our ongoing search for truth.
Since the early 20th century, Humanism has been an influential part of our continually evolving religious tradition. Many Unitarian Universalists who are atheist or agnostic also identify as Humanist. Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz, human rights activist and President-CEO of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Service Committee writes of our humanistic beliefs:

“We believe that human beings are responsible for the future; that history is in our hands, not those of an angry God or inexorable fate.”
“We believe that life’s blessings are available to everyone, not just those who can recite a certain catechism,”
“And we believe that those blessings are made manifest to us not just in the “miraculous” or extraordinary but in the simple pleasures of the everyday.”

Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

For further information please call 208-734-9161.