Let me start this post by saying I’m doing my best to not be a dick about things, but I do have some honest questions.
Do you respect others’ beliefs? What does that look like?
This weekend I am giving a presentation to a Unitarian Universalist church promoting my books. At this church, there are many different beliefs — atheists, humanists, Christians, Wiccans, etc. I was told that they all respect each other. I am very curious to see what this church is like.
Do any of you have experience with UU churches?
Is it possible to respect others’ beliefs? Do you just avoid the topic? Is avoiding the topic part of that respect?
Sometimes when I hear of someone’s religious beliefs or affiliations my perspective of that person changes — and I’m sure others feel the same about me.
Living in the US I often see the religious right infringing on the rights of others and attempting to dismantle the separation of church and state. They dismiss health issues, LGBT and women’s rights, and deny science. In these circumstances, a vocal few are affecting the lives of many.
How do you respect people with those beliefs?
Are there good Christians out there? How do you “live and let live” with sayings like “hate the sin and love the sinner”. Does that ever really happen?
Is it possible to separate a person from their religious beliefs in the way that you view them? Strip everyone down to being merely human?
I would like to think so and I feel it is something I need to work on.
I’m very excited about the presentation this weekend and I look forward to learning more about this group at the UU church. I think it will be a good experience.