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God in a Unitarian Universalist Congregation
You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
God looms large. I often refer to the word God as the biggest word in the English language. As I write this column, our Building Your Own Theology class is discussing God and I am taking notes. The topic of our session is “Ultimate Reality—Creating an honest God.” We Unitarian Universalists can wrestle with the concept of God boldly and nobly.
First the class was asked to draw four pictures of God—God of their childhood, God of their youth, God of their young adulthood, and the God they understand now...- This is hard.
- You used color!
- She keeps moving and so do I... that’s God to me.
- Benign love.
- Now, I don’t know. I like the concept that God is a verb, not a noun.
- I remember what a strange idea God was at the time.
- God for me is an abstraction, a projection... you can tell a lot about a person looking at the God they profess.
- The ground of my being is the data—what I can measure and assess.
- He was the one who made you feel bad.
- I went searching for a better God... where God made sense.
- Now I think of God as hands... helping, holding, healing hands.
- God has no hands but our hands.
- I feel content to have my own thoughts about God, and that’s … More...