Reflections on the Jewel Net

"I go to church for pie."

That was the title of and the highlighted quote from a recent HuffPost piece talking about new approaches to church that included Unitarian Universalism.

To be fair, I did not watch the video so maybe there was more to it than that. But the reason why I didn’t bother past the teaser is because I had the same reaction that I did many years ago when UUism was first described to me as “you can believe anything you want.” I thought, “That’s nice, but why would I join a group for that? I can believe anything I want by myself.” And I can get pie pretty much anywhere; why would I go to church for it? If that’s the only thing at church that’s drawing people, that’s not enough of a draw. And if pie is not the thing that’s really drawing people, then why aren’t we talking about that instead of pie.

Bibliography: Kat Liu

UU Buddhism Is Foreign to Me (2013) - in Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism, edited by Sam Trumbore and Wayne B. Arnason (Boston: Skinner House)

What Will We Be and For Whom? (2010) - in A People So Bold: Theology and Ministry for Unitarian Universalists, edited by John Gibb Millspaugh (Boston: Skinner House)

Immigration as a Moral Issue Resource Guide (2010) -

Bio: Kat Liu

Namaste.  I am the U.S-born daughter of Chinese immigrants, growing up with Chinese Buddhism and folk traditions inside the home and Christianity and civic religion outside, including five years in a conservative Lutheran school.  I began adulthood as a neurobiologist, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at SUNY Stony Brook. It was at Stony Brook where I first stepped foot in a UU congregation, and where I first encountered the field of Religious Studies (altho those two events are not related).  After realizing that I preferred chasing uncertain answers to big questions over certain answers to smaller questions, I moved to DC to pursue Religious Studies at Georgetown. There I discovered All Souls Church, Unitarian and that's when I truly "found religion," becoming a committed UU. Unitarian Universalism is a religious tradtion where my Buddhist and Christian influences and the rational inquiry of science can co-exist side by side with other traditions, and where we commit to work together towards a more just, more multicultural soceity, towards Beloved Community.

In the years since my "conversion" into UUism, it's become apparent to me that UUism doesn't always live up to our high aspirations.  The cultural diversity that we speak so fondly of is not necessarily lived in the reality of our congregations.  Moreover, in large part due to our being dominated by converts such as myself, we UUs have difficulty defining who we are and what we're aboout.  This website is an attempt to address those issues in a constructive way.

Influences and Interests
socially-engaged Buddhism, liberation theology, process theology, Taoism, interfaith dialogue, multiculturalism, environmental justice, art and activism, community gardening, resisting colonialism and capitalism

Board Member, UU Ministry for Earth
2013 Fahs Collaborative Fellow for Cross-Cultural Spiritual Practices


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