This coming Sunday, I am working with D. to offer a service about how Science is foundational to Unitarian Universalism, another potential Source. He and I have traded ideas back and forth and I will publish at least part of that sermon here on Sunday.
But it's been an interesting journey, mind-stretching for me as I consider the effect Science has had on my thinking patterns and, therefore, on my spiritual journey. D. has put together a visual aid contrasting the methodology of Science with the methodologies of Unitarian Universalism and of traditional western religion, i.e., traditional Christianity, and he will do this part of the sermon.
My part of the sermon will consider what we UUs do with what we know about science as we seek to live out our individual spiritual journeys and the mission of our congregation.
Here's my introduction to the sermon:
During the past church year, here at UUCWI, we’ve been exploring the several Sources of Unitarian Universalism. As a pluralistic, or multi-faith religious tradition, we have several Sources from which we draw wisdom. If you are new to UUism, you’ll find these Sources listed on the back of your O/S. The ones you see there are the official, in-the-bylaws Sources.
But, being the freethinkers that we are, we here on Whidbey Island have added a couple more that we think are foundational to UUism. We have agreed that the Creative Arts are certainly one of our Sources and we considered their importance a couple of weeks ago.
Today we will consider the importance of Science’s influence on UUism. Some might say that our Fifth Source, Humanism, takes care of that little matter, because it mentions Science in its wording.
But D. and I think Science offers more than what the Fifth Source includes, that it is foundational to our thinking patterns, the very patterns that have led us to question supernaturalism and legends that are perhaps true, in a sense, but not factual, not reproducible.
We’re choosing today to offer our thoughts as if we are in a Science classroom of sorts. D. will be the Educator, presenting his thinking and experience as a skilled scientist; he even has a visual aid for you! And I will be the Counselor, the one to whom the student might go as he or she sorts out why it’s important that we study Science and understand how the world works.
So, if you will, Dr. C, we’re listening!
Stay tuned for the rest of the story!