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Building Your Own Theology….

Where do our beliefs fit in the construct of world religions? What do we each individually believe and how are we able to articulate our beliefs with one another? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in a 10-week course that endeavors to unpack what might be our most important understanding of our theological legacy. The author of this Adult Religious Exploration course, Richard Gilbert shares: “The quest for ‘spirituality,’ however differently it is defined, has become a major influence in our Unitarian Universalist world…” Quoting DH Lawrence “Whatever the queer little word ‘god’ means, it means something we can none of us quite get away from, or at; something connected with our deepest explosions.’ I believe that religious exploration is a life-span process of building our own theology and harnessing those ‘deepest explosions… If you have ever wondered why bad things happen to good people, if creation is a ‘cosmic fluke’ or how Unitarian Universalists can behave virtuously without heaven and hell, then you are in danger of falling into theology. Somehow we have it in our heads that it is ‘unUnitarian Universalist’ to ‘do theology,’ because that is what the orthodox do; and we are, if truth be known, heretics. Heresy, while commonly understood as a deviation from orthodox belief, originally meant choice–the heretic is one who both dissents and chooses… UUs are very definitely happy Heretics. We choose to do ‘theology’ in a liberal religious mode. But if we are living, breathing, hurting, laughing. crying, questing human beings, it impossible not to be theologians. How do UUs do theology? I submit it is a different ‘doing’ from conventional methods. We do theology, not to become divine, as someone suggested, but to become more human.”

The course starts on Saturday, February 8th at 5:00 pm in the First Parish of Sudbury Commons. I have included your agenda for more information:

Agenda:
Gathering Activity
Getting Acquainted
Reading
Orientation and Ground Rules
Meal and Discussion
Contract Building
Homework and Prep for Session 2
Closing
**There will be food as part of this gathering please bring what you might like to share. If you would like the reading ahead of time please email me directly.**
See you there,
Rev. Marjorie