This Week's Service

Summer Sunday Forum: What About Evil?

All religions have the element of the nonrational, including our own.  Affirming the inherent worthiness of every person is a core UU principle. Can we truly believe this? For example, one could point to Adolph Hitler, who seems to be the poster child of evil, … read more.

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  • Don’t miss our Summer Backyard BBQ!
    You are invited to this summer’s Backyard Barbecue and Concert at Rev. Gy and Patti’s home, 5126 Meadowlark Lane, Portage, MI 49024 on Saturday, August 10. Join us at 5 PM for dinner! We will serve grilled burgers, hotdogs (vegetarian options available), delicious side dishes, and desserts.  At 6 PM, get ready to enjoy a musical performance by LVNMUZIQ, an urban folk ...
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    We’re taking a break from our usual Sunday services this July to rest and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. But for those seeking connection and reflection, join Reverend Harold Beu for a special Summer Sunday Forum Series in the Sanctuary every Sunday at 10:00 AM. Childcare is available upon request. This is an onsite-only event. Here ...
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Catholic nuns don’t question their faith. So, what is a person like me to do when doubt rears its insistent head. If you ask your spiritual advisor, which I did, you are told to pray because the devil is tempting you. The problem was, I had stopped believing in the devil.

So what was I to do? I decided to join an interfaith discussion group, telling my superiors that the Catholic Faith needed to be represented at these sessions. Secretly, after years of hearing what the Catholic Church told me, I decided to see how the other half lived, just in case I had missed something. Lucky for me, that group of the faithful from other denominations included a couple who belonged to the Unitarian Universalists Church. Never heard of it? Neither had I back in 1969. This couple shared their faith with the rest of us. I was stunned!

What? You mean you can build your own theology? There are no dogmas? Wow!
What? You mean you can freely (and responsibly) seek the truth and what is meaningful to you in your life? You can question and explore and doubt? No judgement or blame? Wow!
What? You mean I will no longer be a square peg in a round hole? Where do I sign up?

And so began the rest of my life. The journey has not been easy. I will have to admit that it was much easier to be told what to believe than to doubt, wonder, examine, question, re-examine and continually challenge my own thinking and assumptions. But the journey has been absolutely rewarding and refreshing. I’ve learned to be open to new thoughts and ideas. I’ve learned to feel comfortable with not knowing the answers and loving the fact that life is a mystery. As a result, I’ve opened myself to meeting some wonderful people on this strange and glorious journey. The Unitarian Universalist Faith is where I’ve become grounded. It’s home where my family of other UU members support each other as we build our personal and meaningful theology. It’s where I belong.