What color's your collar?

The latest UU World talks about UUism's "class problem." The gist of the article "Not my father's religion" is that there aren't many blue-collar folk in UU congregations, and that is inherently a bad thing.

Like the similar worries over a lack of non-white people in UU congregations, this class-concern misses several key points:

*Just because someone is gay/black/asian/working class doesn't mean they neatly fit into a product package, quantities of which a UU congregation can order to fill a self-imposed quota.

*If you took the average blue collar worker, told her that you belong to a Methodist church, you could in 100 words or less sum up what it means to be Methodist, and she would have a useful idea of Methodism. If you took the same worker and started telling her that you are a UU and using terms like "Room for diffferent beliefs. Yours." or regarding basic theology "A personal God is one with whom someone feels a one-to-one relationship, a deity who cares specifically for that individual and to whom that person can appeal directly. Few UUs would characterize God in such personal terms." She might smile politely and nod along.

She's unlikely to join. Why? Because she has no idea what you're talking about; and neither do most people, regardless of color/class/gender/sexuality. Without a clear spiritual or theological framework and message, the average American is not going to grasp what UUism is about. It's good to be open to "all" but if what you are offering is not attractive to "all" then you won't have a diverse membership.

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