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A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
     

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

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by John A. Buehrens, F. Forrester Church, Forrest Church
 

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For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief. In this new edition of the classic introductory text on Unitarian Universalism, which includes a revealing, entertaining foreword by best-selling author Robert Fulghum (All

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For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief. In this new edition of the classic introductory text on Unitarian Universalism, which includes a revealing, entertaining foreword by best-selling author Robert Fulghum (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It), a new preface by UU moderator Denise Davidoff, and two new chapters by the authors, John Buehrens and Forrest Church explore the many sources of the living tradition of their chosen faith.

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Learn here why definitions of the sacred in Unitarian Universalist churches are attracting ever larger and ever more grateful and reverent congregations every Sunday. --Kurt Vonnegut

"Only a free faith, a chosen faith, offers the kind of engagement that wakes us up to ourselves and makes us willing to risk what we have for what we could become. This splendid book invites us to consider just such a faith." --Marilyn Sewell

"This is simply superb. I know of nothing comparable to it. The old-timer as well as the 'come-outer' will find [A] Chosen Faith irresistible. It will be a gift for everyone, for the minister, for the laity, for theological students. Engaging, seductive, infectious. --James Luther Adams

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Buehrens, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Church, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, present a summary of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist today. In a new foreword and a new preface prepared for this edition, bestselling author Robert Fulghum, a Unitarian Universalist minister, and Denise Davidoff, a Jewish convert to Unitarian Universalism, add their personal observations. Buehrens and Church cover the history of Unitarian Universalism, whose origins they trace to the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325. The authors also find precursors of Unitarian Universalism during the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, and they find the first mention of "Unitarianism" in England in 1654. The book is an informative look at what they call a "choice in religious living," which they describe as affirming diversity, dialogue, personal choice, and work for social justice. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807016176
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
221
Sales rank:
211,551
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.72(d)

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John A. Buehrens was President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. He served for twenty years as a parish minister in Knoxville, Dallas, and New York City. Forrest Church, minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York, is the author of many books, most recently God and Other Famous Liberals and Life Lines.

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A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TheDoctor More than 1 year ago
This book gives a very informative introduction to UUism, both to new UUs themselves (like me) and to those who are only curious about this religion. Church's essays are designed to appeal to one's heart. His voice is that of a minister that knows how to explain the things of this world that don't make sense, and he helps readers see the more spiritual side of Unitarian Universialism. Buehrens, on the other hand takes a more philosophical approach and gives readers a more intellectual viewpoint. If Church is the minister, then Buehrens is the theologian. These two perspectives are combined in this book to give readers a real taste of Unitarian Universalism, as opposed to a list of facts and figures that only tell so much or a smear attempt written to discourage interest in this faith. I wish it was more in depth, but this is meant to be an introduction, after all. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Chosen Faith is the greatest introduction to the ideas of Unitarian-Universalism. I read it when I was first interested in joining a UU congregation, then I re-read it 3 years later, and it meant even more to me. Members of other faiths would also find inspiration in the ideas of the 2 authors. The religious history of early New England is a large part of how UUism came to be what it is today, and this is well explored in the book. The book is (thankfully) not dogmatic or preach-y!
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After an unpleasent experience with a UU church in the Bible Belt, I was turned off of UU altogether. This book helped me sort out some of my misconceptions. I still have a lot of questions about UU. This book was a good beginning. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Unitarian beliefs.