Today we met with Rev. Charlie Grindle at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunkport Maine. Rev. Grindle is an interfaith minister and leads the music program at the Unitarian church here in Kennebunk. I found him to be an incredibly kind, open and approachable person who has been very generous with his time both with us and in helping his community. I found it very interesting to listen to his story and his approach to belief as a spiritual humanist. He also shared of his experience in the Unitarian Universalist church which was very interesting to hear of as it differs so drastically from my religious experience. The 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism are incredibly simple and true. They guide but they refrain from any dogma or judgment. I find nothing wrong with them…but my conservative background would tell me that there is so much more that we need to be aware of and be able to decipher and understand…but do we? The question is still unresolved d for me. I do know that I could never find fault with the beliefs that Rev. Grindle shared. They are loving and respectful and do not cause division. Not bad.
7 principles of Unitarian Universalism:
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Simple beauty and reasoning. I don’t find any fault with any of that…