On Sunday, your middle schoolers learned more about Unitarian Universalism and the history of each of the separate traditions before the merger. They also talked about being in control of their own fate or destiny, and how they might impact others.
Universalists believe that God is too good to damn people, and the Unitarians believe that people are too good to be damned by God.
– Thomas Starr King, 19th century Universalist minister and then later, a Unitarian minister
When our two historic traditions consolidated in 1961 we ended up with one religion, Unitarian Universalism, which affirms two incompatible doctrines of human nature.
– Thandeka, Associate Professor of theology and culture at Meadville/Lombard Theological School
There were from the earliest days of both denominations, Unitarians with Universalist beliefs, and Universalists with Unitarian beliefs.
– Lisa Doege, Unitarian Universalist minister at First Unitarian Church in South Bend, IN
The Unitarians represented the educated and intellectual part of our religion, and the
Universalists represented the more intuitive and caring part of our religion.
– Suzelle Lynch, Unitarian Universalist minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield, WI
Ask your child if they feel more Unitarian or more Universalist.
The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice.
– Abbe D’Allanival
It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
– J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
There is no fate, but what we make.
-The character of John Connor in the movie, Terminator Two.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
– William Jennings Bryan, early 20th century lawyer, statesman, and politician
Ask your child if they agree or disagree with the statement, “I am in control of my destiny.”