In the past two days I’ve spent a good amount of time with UU’ers (Unitarian Universalists). I remain a “friend” of this community, as I had been an active participant for four years.
Some Christians would tell you “don’t converse with unsaved folks.” But that NEVER made sense to me. How are you supposed to share the love of God and the reason for grace if you only ‘hang out’ with like-minded people?
I personally don’t believe the God I believe in put His “Good-Housekeeping” Seal of a Approval on a particular church or religion.
However, I digress, this post is about community, and the importance of belonging; finding your (various types of) people and how the bible encourages it.
Acts 12:12 …..”gathered together praying…”
Deuteronomy 31:12 “Gather the people together, men, women, children, and your foreigner who is within your towns, so that they may hear and learn…..”
A core belief in the UU church is to “question everything.” I am not a Lutheran because my parents raised me to be one, in fact – I no longer identify as a Lutheran at all. I check the box for Christian for medical forms and leave it at that.
But community; is more than a group of people hanging out together, it’s being with people who respect, are concerned about and want you to live your best life (I’m channeling Oprah)!
Is your community healthy? Are you inspired and encouraged by those in your circle? Is God at the center?