One of the anxieties that plague Unitarian Universalist ministers is the issue of "cross-cringe", the attitude of some UUs that their early Christian upbringing or the shenanigans of the religious right entitle them to look down their noses at "those people", those people who revere the teachings of the church and Jesus and actually try to practice them in their lives.
As a minister I've experienced cross-cringe in every church I've served. There have always been those who, for a variety of reasons, can't stand to look at a cross or hear the word Jesus or find fault with those UUs who are Christian in belief and practice. For some, the injury is real-----somebody really did beat them up in the name of Jesus. For others, it's made-up, I think. It's "cool" to bash Christians and the cross these days, especially in intellectual circles. Still others fall somewhere in the middle, genuinely mystified by the loyalty of Christians to a religion that seems supernatural and non-reasoning. Rejection of Christian symbolism and thought goes with the territory, so a lot of it happens in UU congregations.
One antidote I've discovered (though it won't work for those who refuse to enter the doors of a building with crosses in it) is interfaith work, work toward a common goal with progressive Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and other persons of faith. There's something about putting in time together in a faith coalition dedicated to an issue of justice that melts many barriers, evaporates many prejudices, produces a new perception of what religious faith is and what it means to others.
I've been fortunate to represent Unitarian Universalists in the PNWD with the Religious Coalition for Equality, an interfaith group of clergy and laity who advocate for civil rights for all and marriage equality for all couples. We have been successful in getting our state legislature to pass anti-discrimination legislation in Washington State and we stand ready to deal with whatever judgment comes down from our state Supreme Court on the marriage issue.
I've been on the steering committee for RCE for two and a half years and have met monthly with Baptists, Lutherans, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Disciples, Methodists, UCCs, Buddhists, and others. Boy, has this demolished any assumptions I might have had about all Christians being the same, or, for that matter, all Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists being the same.
I have never been a cringer at crosses. But my perspective has broadened even more and I see this interfaith coalition as an important facet in my spiritual growth. What's more, it gives other faith traditions a good look at a Unitarian Universalist---me. I am their chance to learn that UUs are not anti-Christian, that we are willing to join forces with others on justice issues, and that we are generally pretty good folk. Which isn't necessarily how many see us, because of the cross cringe attitude.