Sharing Our Stories
Each of us at UUSD has a different story to tell about how we found a spiritual home here. A few of us are life-long UUs but most are not, having come from a variety of other religious backgrounds or from no particular place of faith. Whatever our journey, sharing the stories of the paths we took helps connect us to each other and to the shared journey we are now making.
Here are our stories. We hope you see yourself in some of them.
Alex, Melissa, and children
Since getting married, we have lived in a quite a few different locations before settling here in southern Delaware. We immediately felt at ease coming to UUSD, with the “come as you are” atmosphere and welcome vibe that we received from the congregation. We did not feel pressured to become members or asked a bunch of questions about our intentions.
What attracted me initially to Unitarian Universalism is its non-dogma focus. I love the sermons and appreciate the intellectual approach of UU. Since first being involved in a UU congregation in Denver, I have gradually moved more into other dimensions of being a UU, appreciating the emotional aspects and the mystery in Unitarian Universalism.
One of the most significant days of my life was when I first walked through the doors of UUSD. Little did I know that a few years later, my entire life would fall apart. When I was ash, my congregation surrounded me and kept me from blowing away. For years they held me until I was able to start the process of becoming whole again.
Gwen and Jane
We began searching for a progressive, spiritual church home in 2008. From the moment we walked through the doors, we felt welcomed and loved. We especially appreciate that UUSD is a church of free faith – that we have the freedom to think for ourselves. UUSD is a wonderful group of people that has become our adopted family. No one is a stranger at UUSD.
Teresa, Cass, and children
We have long sought a tribe of like-minded people to share our journey and help to inspire our 10- and 12-year old boys to be insightful, responsible and empathetic citizens of the world. We were shocked into action by the results of the 2016 election! We had not been involved with a church for a long time since we have had disappointing experiences with the exclusivity and dogmatism displayed in a number of traditional Christian churches we have tried. However, the UUSD Mission Statement on the website encouraged us to think that we had found right place for our family. That has been reaffirmed time and again as our interaction with members, and involvement in the church and its activities has grown.
Love is always the answer.
Spiritually, I feel like I fit at UUSD. I shopped a bit spiritually in the past but nothing quite fit. My oldest and dearest friends in DC are Unitarians, a clue to the direction my evolving spirituality would take. I define myself as a humanist. For me, UUSD feels welcoming and honest. The congregation is the right size for me, not too small, not too big.
Randy and Sue
We both come from traditional religious backgrounds. Randy was raised as a Methodist, and Sue as an Episcopalian. We raised our children in a United Church of Christ congregation where Randy served as a deacon and as president of the church council. What we particularly love about UUSD is the commitment, friendliness, and the work ethic of the congregation. We both agree, “Our spirits are lifted and inspired by UUSD.”
While my spiritual practice is Buddhist, I forego religious labels, finding value in most traditions. Singing in our amazing choir, I can express my worship through music that also comes from different religious traditions. Rather than being liturgical based, we often have lay led services, sharing our beliefs and values in ways that are personally relative. More than anything else, it is the congregation’s environmental and social justice work outside the church that exemplifies walking the talk of universal loving kindness. — May the World be Safe.
Isaac and Rick
We had heard that Unitarian Universalism was an all-inclusive religion. We thought it sounded like a place where we could go and feel welcomed and accepted. And after our first visit in 2011, we realized that not only were we correct, but that our visit well exceeded our expectations. We are very proud to call UUSD our spiritual home.