Well after much thought and reflection (and painful soul-searching) I’ve decided not to join the UU church I had been visiting. Although it was a much better experience than the last UU church I attended 10 years ago (no one burst into flames at the use of the “G” word), it just didn’t work out.

I realized that while I enjoyed being close to a UU community again, at the end of each service I felt spiritually hungry. The sermons didn’t inspire me (I can’t even really recall the main point of a single one of them), or connect me with something greater. The worship was watered down and too busy with non-religious activities (like endless announcements and awards). There were a lot of readings (too many), but they often lacked coherence with the theme of the service. In the end it still felt like more of a social meeting than a worship experience. It was simply lacking depth.

I worshipped several times at a Reform synagogue back home, and when I stopped attending the UU church there I realized that what I was hoping to find at the UU church was an experience comparable to what I had in the synagogue.

The liturgy brought out a very real sense of engaging the Holy as a community. Prayers were meaningful and rich. The congregation was of course progressive and liberal, but that didn’t mean diluting worship. We worshipped-we acknowledged God, and participated in making a connection to God together. And even as a non-Jew I was warmly welcomed to participate.

So, that’s what I’m looking for. UUism isn’t going to give that to me. The AUC might very well do so-and I hope that it grows to meet that need. I am even pondering being the point person for an AUC fellowship here in ATL, but I fear the dynamics of trying to start a religious community from scratch.

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