How We View Newcomers

Some congregations are slow to include newcomers.  Not the Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SUUF).

Although grounded in a centuries-old tradition, they remain wide open to new people and new interpretations of what it means to live out this perspective on life.

UUs don’t want to miss the beauty each individual brings. They know individuals inevitably differ in their spiritual experiences and ideas. They welcome the blessing of learning from each other, as they aim together toward living in full, equitable, and ethical relationship with each other.

UUs hold their own community’s diversity as a reminder of the holy.  Their varied members needn’t hold back, hide themselves, or shrink within the UU welcoming faith community.

UUs include and learn from people of color, people on society’s margins, and people committed to social justice in all sorts of circumstances.

UUs are deeply rooted, yet they reach toward the future, as members explore what it means to be UU in the world now. Their varied answers reside in their very lives, so they bring their full selves to this tradition, and they renew what they think and do as their insights into the world deepen and expand.

[SUUF Member Paul Friedman continues to provide weekly articles for publication in the Red Rock News. This article – or a variation thereof – appeared in the Oct 14, 2022 issue]