Spiritual but not Religious
You may consider yourself as "spiritual, but not religious," one who rejects traditional organized religion as the sole, or even the most valuable means of furthering your spiritual growth. Perhaps you have had negative experiences with churches or church leaders. Rejecting organized religion may be attractive because traditional religion demands that we accord to human existence some absolutes and eternal truths, and in a post-modern culture, that becomes all but impossible.
It's much easier for "spiritual" people to go on their own. Going alone has it's own challenges -- you may not to have time, energy or interest to delve deeply into any one faith or religious tradition. Rather, people tend to collect ideas, practices, and tenets that most appeal to the self, but make no connections to groups or communities.
However, "going it alone" can only get you so far. If you think about spirituality in the broader sense it can be feeling connected to something greater than yourself, feeling connected to a higher power, feeling connected to the earth, feeling connected to past and future generations, and just as important, feeling connected to community. It is these connections that bring us together and provide opportunites for growth and connection to your spiritual self.
At First Universalist Church of Denver we encourage and support your free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We are not bound by dogma of absolutes and enteral truths. There is room for "God of our own understanding," as there are no priests or intermediaries between you and your God. As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace teachings from the folowing sources:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love
- Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature
We welcome you to be a part of our community as you further your free and responsible search for truth and meaning!