Unitarians need support, too

It can’t be easy being a Unitarian Universalist.

As I go about my reporting, Unitarianism is often cited as the example of what other faiths don’t want to be or become.

If we’re not careful, we’ll be no different than the Unitarians.

When he says that, doesn’t he know he sounds like a Unitarian.

Stuff like that.

It’s true that Unitarians have no creed. They don’t have to believe (or not believe) anything. Instead, they are dedicated to the search for meaning. And they are very happy to look for wisdom in other faith traditions.

Of course, for many other traditions, this approach is the relativism that they disdain.

It makes sense that Unitarians can use some support now and then from fellow Unitarians. But there aren’t many around. Only 220,000 or so in this country.

That’s why a Croton fellow decided to arrange a European exchange program for Unitarian teens from the burbs. European Unitarians have even fewer brothers and sisters to confide in.

I talked to some Unitarian teens the other day about what they believe and why they’re visiting Europe (apart from the obvious reasons). I’ll write about what they told me in tomorrow’s FaithBeat column.

By the way, there are plenty of Unitarian jokes, too.

How ’bout this one: When an airplane was about to crash and the flight attendant asked a UU minister on board to pray, what did the minister say?

“Let us all join hands for silent meditation.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.