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Joyce: Lifelong UU (sort of)

Joyce Dowling here - lifelong UU. My "Saved by My Faith" aka "Childhood Empowerment" story is here:

I have also written about my beliefs: and "Social Justice Work - My motivation and overcoming problems":

They're all old and might need updating.

I love networking with fellow UUs and consider myself a UUvangelist. :)

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Introducing... Me!

Hello everyone! My name is Jenn and I joined this site in the hopes of finding more like minded people to share my journey with. I was "raised" in a Lutheran church but attended only here and there, when my parents were in the "mood" for church. In my teen years, my father remarried to a woman who believed she was very religious. I say that because she didn't live a life that in any way was a faithful life, she just attended a Wesleyan Church every Sunday. Church was forced upon me for a few years and I rebelled. As a result I essentially grew up without any real answers on religion and was left to come up with my own beliefs. Looking back, I couldn't have asked for a better situation honestly. I feel blessed to not have had religion and beliefs forced upon me and to have been left to make my own decisions and choices.

I found some feeling of belonging when I discovered Wicca but Wicca, like many non-traditional beliefs, can be a lonely religion to find yourself in. While I didn't necessarily fit every bit of the Pagan religion beliefs, I felt more comfortable in Wicca than I did in Christianity. Unfortunately, my parents, being uneducated, scoffed at me and told me what I believed was just plain wrong. My new step-mother telling me I was going to hell for believing in a false religion. This was a quick lesson in the path less chosen and I learned to keep my mouth shut about my beliefs.

In 1999 I made the decision to move to Alabama, for a job. Talk about a culture shock! If I thought I had to keep my lips closed when I lived up North (in NY), I CERTAINLY had my hands full now that I found myself in the "Bible Belt". I had accepted that my beliefs would never fit anything traditional and I would be a "church of one" forever... until I read about Unitarian Universalism in the early 2000s while living in Florida.

I attended a couple services at a local UU church but I didn't get that "this is it!" vibe so I eventually backed out and returned to my feeling of never belonging in a community.

A few weeks ago I decided to start my search again. I read some information online and even took a few religion quizzes... you know the sort that determine based on your answers, which "religion" you fit into. After taking 5 separate quizzes and having all 5 return the answer of UU, I decided maybe it was time to try again.

This past Sunday I attended my first service at the UUC of Charlotte. I walked out feeling empowered and excited. My 3 year old son enjoyed his time with his class and we both left happy and full of some sort of energy that I couldn't explain. I woke up this morning realizing that I may have finally found it... that place of belonging... that place I can fit my unconventional religious beliefs into and still feel like part of a fellowship. All I can say is I'm excited.

So here I am... welcome to my journey!

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Hi everyone!

Hi everyone! and especially to shaktinah - I think you're awesome!

I'm a life-long UU and third-generation Chinese American woman, from California but currently going to seminary on the East Coast, a student and practioner of Buddhism and an aspiring chaplain. For a long time I have sort of stayed away from both online UU stuff as well as UU POC stuff, and I'm not really sure why. I think the lack of more people "who look like me" in UU settings has long been a point of sadness that I felt helpless to address but this afternoon in doing some online exploration I came across this blog and some others that made me feel hopeful. So I'm really looking forward to meeting/talking with people and applaud you for all the terrific work you have done so far.

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I stop by every once in a while thought I'd say hi. This is a great website. Hope to see more confessions soon. I'm a new UU, just signed the book two days ago.

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It's Chris.

Just stopping by to say hello.  I check out the place every couple of weeks and I'm really impressed. 

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Who are U?

Who I am? Good question. I find that I am being redefined all the time. I'm not really one that likes to talk (or type) about myself much. But since I feel l already know you guys a little, I'll just say I'll take questions if anyone is interested.

- Amy

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Who in the World am I?

Isn't that a question we all struggle with! One of the great things about this fourm program is that you can edit your posts... I would hate to be tied into one definition of myself that I can never adapt!

Hello Everyone! My name is David, and I am a UU Seminary Student, who is working to become a U.S. Army Chaplain. Until sometime this summer, I am the Fellowship Administrator and Student-minister of the UU Fellowship of Galveston County ( on Galveston Island, Texas.

Theologically, I am a Universalist Dynamic Deist, and if you figure out what that means, please send me a PM or email and let me know, because I am always figuring it out for myself. But that is the great thing about picking fuzzy labels, you are able to work within them!

I'm looking forward to our having a forum dedicated to UU Theology! And Kat is wonderful for setting it up. I also run a website and a forum at

I wont bore you with more about me... but if you want to find out more, then please read my essay in my journal entitled "A New Path"

I'm looking forward to what we can do here!

Yours in Faith,


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