BY REV. JAMES RAMSEY -- IOWA LAKES UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP
Often people kind of laugh when I say I belong to the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. They think we are some kind of weird group because we are not part of the main line Christian community. Well, it is true that we are different, and we really feel this is important.
The Pew Research Center tells us that 22.5 percent of the population now is categorized as "unaffiliated." Many of these people were part of the mainstream at one time but felt they were not finding their spiritual needs met. So, they dropped out, and many now have no place to search for meaning in their lives.
If you are one of these people, then you should explore the Unitarian Universalists. You will find in our community that we care about your individual spiritual search, and, in fact, we encourage the search you are following. The strength of our community is that we listen and learn from the varied spiritual paths our members follow. Each person is unique and has wisdom to share.
We do this because we believe, as our first principal states, in "The inherent worth and dignity of every person." This means you are respected for who you are and what you believe. We accept you just as you are, a unique special person in our world. Within that context you will find our fourth principle important because it supports, "A free and responsible search for truth and meaning." We are a place where you can be in dialogue with others and share what you are discovering in your search for a meaningful spiritual life in a safe place.
We accomplish these goals by doing our best to provide a safe and informative environment. Our services provide speakers representing many different spiritual paths both from outside our community and from within. We allow our members the opportunity to make presentations about their spiritual journey to the fellowship in regular services and in occasional gatherings.
When I first started attending I thought it was kind of a strange path, because I knew little about the Unitarian Universalist. But what kept me coming back was the community and how accepting they are. Then as I learn more about the UU's I found it was a rich environment for growth and learning. I personally have a deep belief in God and I am free to do programs from my perspective. Some of our members who are atheists listen to me with respect and dialogue with me about my personal journey.
Other times they may present their view, and I listen and learn from them. We are different, but we don't try to change each other we just listen, learn and love. This is a great place if you are looking for a supporting community. It will cost you nothing to come and explore our community, you just might find it is a place that will help you grow in your spiritual path, and you will meet some great people. Check out our web