I Know You Are But What Am I?
I’m currently sitting at my desk about to fill out the “Membership Information Form” for my local UU Church. Tomorrow I intend to turn it in after service and start the final steps to becoming an official member of the church. This, I’m hoping will be the beginning of an institutional relationship that will define the years ahead for me. For the last couple months I have been attending services, taking their introduction to UU-ism course and attending a UU-sponsored prayer service of grief on the anniversary of the Iraq war.
Why is this modern Pagan joining? For one there is almost no local Pagan community to speak of and it has left me craving a spiritual community. Secondly the UU Church is already seriously Pagan friendly and even directly speaks to many moden Pagan faiths in their ‘Principles and Purposes’.
“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.”
Thirdly I am going to school after many years away for the eventual goal of obtaining a Masters in Divinity so that I can better serve my family of faiths. I think that working with the UUs will be mutually enriching and benificial.
Finally I want to develop a more robust spiritual attitude towards social justice. I want to walk a path that in the end will have helped as many people as I could. I look at my life now and realize how much good I can be doing and how much potential there is to make a bigger impact on the world around me. I’m not sure how that will finally manifest, but I think working with an institution with a long history of engagement in these issues will help me craft my own way towards these goals.
Involvement with the UUs will allow me to work with a large religious institution without me having to compromise my own personal gnosis or theology. I can be a Pagan and be a UU. While I respect many other faiths with commitments to social justice and peace I never want to be asked to deny my gods or repent my dealings with them in order to join. This doesn’t mean I don’t have my criticisms of the church. I in fact have many. But I feel I can do good work here and I feel I can do that work without sublimating my spirit in the process.
So I suppose at this point I have to wonder, does this make me a UU blogger in addition to being a Pagan blogger? That may be a question for the ages.