Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Who Are You UUs?

What is Unitarian Universalism? That is a question that is being asked today. You can go to the UUA website and learn more. In today's Kingsport Times-News, my friend, Rev. Jacqueline Luck, was interviewed. Jacqueline is minister of Holston Valley UU:
Many times people confuse the church’s liberal stance on religion with being politically liberal, said the Rev. Jacqueline Luck of the Holston Valley UUC.

“I think a lot of people have a preconceived idea when they hear
about a liberal church,” she said. “We have members that are both conservative and liberal politically, but to be a liberal religious body means that you believe it’s good to question and use your reason in determining your faith.

“People lump liberal politics and liberal religion together and don’t realize they are two separate things.”

The Universalist Unitarian Church worships God but draws from truths from other world religions as well, Luck said. It also promotes diversity and welcomes people regardless of their religious background or other beliefs.

“I think we practice the golden rule, which asks us to love our neighbor, “ she said. “Diversity is something we appreciate and that enriches our congregation, whether it’s diversity of beliefs, racial, economic and gender identity diversity.”


  1. I'm really, really tired of "liberal" being a bad word. Child labor laws, environmental protections, food safety laws, women's suffrage, the Civil Rights Movement, worker's rights and unions, the end of Apartheid...these were all liberal accomplishments. I still think liberal is a compliment.