Burning question mark


Embracing failure is a part of my religion. Well, you could argue it is part of many religions. It is especially strong in Christianity with Jesus’ message of forgiveness, loving your enemies, blessed are the weak, etc.

USA Today featured a piece on my particular denomination, Unitarian Universalism – “Unitarian faith growing nationwide” That title is a curious one in its own right since Unitarianism has no evangelical doctrine. That is, there is nothing in the religion that encourages parishioners to recruit converts. In fact, it doesn’t really a central church body. More of an ‘Association’ of the churches aligned to the denomination (coincidentally both the American and the British associations were formed on this date in 1825)

But this Protestant variant has always embraced failure and doubt more fervently than just about any religion. There is an old Unitarian joke: ”How do you know a Unitarian has moved into the neighbourhood?…There is a question mark burning on the lawn.”

The article highlights this dimension…

  • “Anthony David of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, which has about 1,000 members, says that Unitarians would rather be kind than right. ‘In our tradition, you get to be wrong,’ he said. ‘God is big. God is magnificent. You can’t tell me that we know everything there is to know about God yet.’"