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Unitarian Christians

"Jesus is a Liberal" welcomes Unitarian Universalist Christians!

We were asked why our Jesus Is A Liberal site would have a special page for Unitarian Universalist Christians.  The answer is
simple - there has always been a great diversity in beliefs within the larger Christian tradition, and Unitarian Christians fit
perfectly into the family of Liberal Christian sects, welcoming all who seek to be partners and participants in our tradition's
"Great Conversation" about
God, Jesus, the Bible, and spiritual disciplines.   Unitarian Christians have a strong history of liberal Christian belief, of
profound liberal social and political activism, and other traditional liberal Christian values.

A survey of Unitarian Christian websites reveals an individual and collective passion for opposing all oppression, defending the
weak, and helping the poor & hungry.  In addition, Unitarian Christians are vibrant proponents of liberal social values -
passionately working for justice, equality, personal freedom, liberty, genuine democratic process, a healthy environment, fair
labor & fair trade, ethical business, a sustainable global economy and improving the general social welfare.

What platform offers a more balanced set of traditional and progressive liberal Christian values?

While Unitarian Christians come from many different faiths, beliefs and practices, it is helpful to understand some of their
basic beliefs, principals and tenants.  Unitarians Christians have traditionally taken a positive view of human nature; believing
that people are inherently worth caring about.  In the spirit of civil and religious liberty, they support equality of respect and
opportunity for everyone. They oppose oppression where ever it is found and biased discrimination on the grounds of any
arbitrary or accidental factor, such as race or gender, sexual orientation or religious belief.

Unitarians Christians balance a concern for social well-being with respect for the rights of the individual, while believing there
must be a compromise between personal freedom and social responsibility.  The vision of the Kingdom of God, a global
commonwealth of peace, justice and plenty for all, has always been important for Unitarians. It has inspired their social and
political involvement, duly tempered by a realistic assessment of what can be achieved.

While some within Christianity would exclude them now as before because of their non-creedal basis,
the term "Unitarian/Universalist Christian" would once have been considered a redundancy, the same
for example as "Methodist Christian." Unitarians and Universalists have roots in the liberalizing movements within the
Protestant Christian Radical Reformation, and in many places Christianity continues to be the common way to be Unitarian
Universalist.  Unitarian Christians feel they can best follow in the spirit of Jesus and best deepen their spiritual lives within the
freedom of Unitarian congregations, whether or not those congregations are expressly Christian-oriented.

Moreover, Unitarians and Unitarian Christians find their bond of unity in shared values, such as:
the nurture of life's spiritual dimension; the use of reason and honest doubt in the search for truth;
mutual respect and goodwill in personal relations; constructive tolerance and openness towards the sincerely-held beliefs of
others; peace, compassion, justice and democracy in human affairs; and a reverence for the earth and the whole natural
system of which we are part.

It is the Unitarian Christian experiences these shared values form a more effective foundation for a healthy, balanced and true
community than insistence on uniformity of belief and doctrine.  Thus, Unitarian Christians affirm that truth and humanity are
best served where both the mind and the conscience are free. For them, no one book, pastor, institution, system or individual
has an iron  monopoly on truth - no matter what they claim for themselves or devotees may claim for them.

In the coming weeks, we will be gathering more information, writings, ideas and thoughts for this page.  Please feel free to
share your impressions, interesting links, requests, and articles.  You can email us
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             Why is Jesus a Liberal?

Webster's dictionary defines a Liberal as one who is open minded, not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional or
established forms or ways.  Jesus was a pluralist Liberal who taught that one need not conform to strict and orthodox views
of God, religion, and life.  He rejected greed, violence, the glorification of power, the amassing of wealth without social
balance, and the personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs.

Over and over again, He taught us to believe in and live a spiritual and ethical life based in our essential, inherent goodness.  
What Jesus promoted was succinct set of spiritual principals and a way of life based upon the of love, compassion,
tolerance, and a strong belief in the importance in giving and of generosity to those in need.  
While not Biblical scholars, our common sense understanding of His lessons as philosophically and politically Liberal is
founded upon Jesus' own words (see quotes below), modern interpretations of Liberation Theology, and in the positive, loving
and compassionate application of His teachings - from the many early Saints to Mother Theresa and Liberation Theology.

Certainly, Jesus brought a radically Liberal theology to the Orthodox believers of his time. Jesus IS a Liberal even today
because now more than ever, His principals align with the very core of Liberal Beliefs.
Spiritual musings from a soul (pretty much) at peace with God.  http://christianuu.blogspot.com/
Unitarian Universalist Association Principles and Purposes

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The living tradition which we share draws from many 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.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding
and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and
support.

The Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association

The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its corporate powers for religious,
educational and humanitarian purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member
congregations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions and implement its
principles.

The Association declares and affirms its special responsibility, and that of its member societies and organizations, to
promote the full participation of persons in all of its and their activities and in the full range of human endeavor without
regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, or national origin and without requiring
adherence to any particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or creed.

Nothing herein shall be deemed to infringe upon the individual freedom of belief which is inherent in the Universalist and
Unitarian heritages or to conflict with any statement of purpose, covenant, or bond of union used by any society unless
such is used as a creedal test.
Biblical Quotes Supporting the Belief that Jesus Is A Liberal

Peacemaking, not War Making: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [Matthew 5:9]  
Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39]  I say unto
you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully
use you, and persecute you; [Matthew 5:44]

The Death Penalty: Thou shalt not kill [Matthew 5:21]

Crime and Punishment: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. [John 8:7]  Do not judge,
lest you too be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you. [Matthew 7:1 & 2.]   

Justice: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  [Matthew 5:6] Blessed
are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy [Matthew 5:7]  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses.  [Matthew 6:15]

Corporate Greed and the Religion of Wealth: In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and
other sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep
and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. [John 2:14 & 15.] Watch out! Be on
your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.]  
Truly, I say unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 19:23] You cannot serve both
God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]

Paying Taxes & Separation of Church & State: Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God
the things that are God's.  [Matthew 22:21]  

Community:  Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39]  So in everything, do to others as you would have them do
to you.[Matthew 7:12.]  If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure
in heaven. [Matthew 19:21]  

Equality & Social Programs: But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be
blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]  

Public Prayer & Displays of Faith: And when thou pray, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray
standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They
have their reward.  But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret… [Matthew 6:6 & 7]

Strict Enforcement of Religious Laws: If any of you has a son or a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not
take hold of it and lift it out?  [Matthew 12:11] The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. [Mark 2:27.]

Individuality & Personal Spiritual Experience: Ye are the light of the world. [Matthew 5:14]

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