Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship congregants’ views of Jesus reflect the diversity of thought encouraged by their liberal faith, which honors everyone’s “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
Many UUs view Jesus as a moral exemplar, practicing the compassion, generosity, and mercy that he preached. They are inspired by Jesus’ calls to connect — to transcend pride and selfishness, to choose instead to love and serve, to do good, and to care for each other.
For some, Jesus was a prophetic leader and an instrument or manifestation of the divine. They share with many Christians a conviction that his witness has the spiritual power to redeem mistakes and save lives. They feel a personal relationship with him that strengthens and uplifts.
Others view Jesus as a reformer and dissident, an underdog and ally. He was executed as a political criminal because of his teachings; he called out injustice; he stood with and spoke up for the most vulnerable; and he challenged his followers to feed the hungry and visit the imprisoned.
This list could go on and on.
Its overall import, however, is that whatever one’s view of Jesus, there likely is a UU who shares it. Jesus has a place in this faith.
[published December 22, 2023]