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Dear friends,

May 29, 2010 National Day of Action, Phoenix, AZ

It is with genuine excitement that I introduce to you my new blog, Beyond Belief. I look forward to using this forum to reach out to readers in a format that is less formal than a sermon or UU World column, yet deeper and more flexible than I would post on Facebook or Twitter.

My hope is that this blog also will provide an opportunity to connect with those of you who would like to know more about Unitarian Universalism, especially the public witness work that is a vital aspect of our faith.

To start, perhaps I should explain the title. It stems from my conviction that religion is not primarily about what we believe. In America, the first question we tend to ask about a religious group is “What do they believe?” and we differentiate among religions based on our broad understanding of their beliefs.

Yet belief, in the sense of agreeing on what is “true,” is a modern preoccupation. For me, religion is much more about what we love, about what we hold sacred, about what moves us at the core of our being. Indeed, I have argued (in a sermon, no less) that belief is the enemy of religion. When we focus on beliefs alone, we tend to lapse into arguments that are at least tiresome and often dangerous.

So my blog is about religion that is beyond belief. It is about how we treat one another, about how we live our lives, about the connections we make and the difference we make.

And if religion is ultimately about what we love, then “faith” is not so much about what we think is true (or hope is true, despite lack of evidence), but about being faithful to what we love.

First Unitarian Church of San Jose, CA

“Beyond Belief,” then, will be my reflections about the world around us and what we are to do if we are to be faithful.

I encourage you to visit regularly and to pass this along to other friends who share our values. I’ll be posting regularly about the work I do as president, as well as the larger social justice efforts of the UUA.

Check back weekly to read new posts, and please feel free to share these posts with your friends via email, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

In faith,


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