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The Rather UnUniversal Unitarian Universalists

Unitarian Universalists claim to offer a creedless perspective on religion, accepting equally wisdom from all the world’s religions, and from atheists and secular humanists too. That’s not what I am seeing in the Unitarian Universalist congregation library I’m looking at now.

I see:

20 Christian Bibles
4 Old Testaments
2 New Testaments
23 Bible story books for children
1 Bible encyclopedia
5 Bible dictionaries
10 Bible Atlases
The Book of Common Prayer
The Women of the Bible
Basic Sources of the Judeo-Christian Tradition
The Church of our Fathers
The Way The Truth The Life: The Words Of Jesus
The Oxford Concise Concordance to the Holy Bible
The Old Testament Made Easy
12 books on NeoPaganism
Jewish Days and Holidays
1 Webster’s Dictionary
1 Telephone directory

17 thoughts on “The Rather UnUniversal Unitarian Universalists”

  1. Dove says:

    I suspect they would accept other books if they were donated.

    1. J. Clifford says:

      Look, this library has in existence for decades – plenty of opportunities for diversification. This seems to reflect a rather narrow scope of Unitarian Universalism. Theoretically, they’re wide open. In practice, not so much.

      1. Dove says:

        Indeed, that building probably doesn’t even contain 1% of the universe

  2. R. Stevens says:

    UU defies most generalizations of this sort. It might be better to see what is being offered at the UUA bookstore. [ http://www.uuabookstore.org/ ] I think you’ll get a far different and far more representative cross-section of this most freedom-driven and most diverse of religious traditions.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      R,

      That’s an interesting suggestion. In the first-order set of links on the left hand side of the UUA bookstore main page is the heading “Bible.” The readings under “Bible” are all at least partially Christian. There is no heading for “Koran” or “Talmud” or “Book of Mormon” or any other religion’s holy text listed in the first-order set of links on the left-hand side of the UUA bookstore main page.

      How about the search bar at UUA bookstore? I just searched for:

      “Mormon” as a keyword (for the book of Mormon). Results: 0.
      “Talmud” as a keyword. Results: 0.
      “Koran” as a keyword. Results: 0.
      “Quran” as a keyword. Results: 0.
      “Bible” as a keyword. Results: 25.

    2. Jim Cook says:

      Oh, this is fun!

      Search for the keyword “Jesus” at the UUA bookstore: 24 books.
      Search for the keyword “Buddha” at the UUA bookstore: 10 books.
      Search for the keyword “Mohammed” at the UUA bookstore: 0 books.
      Search for the keyword “Rama” at the UUA bookstore: 0 books.
      Search for the keyword “Shiva” at the UUA booksore: 0 books.
      Search for the keyword “Moroni” at the UUA bookstore: 0 books.
      Search for the keyword “Goddess” at the UUA bookstore: 3 books.
      Search for the keyword “God” at the UUA bookstore: 57 books.

    3. J. Clifford says:

      I wanted to double check Jim’s review of the Unitarian Universalist Association bookstore. Here’s what I found:

      Results for…

      “Hindu” – 0
      “Pantheist” – 0
      “Wiccan” – 0
      “Baha’i” – 0
      “Rastafarian” – 0
      “Sufi” – 0
      “Sikh” – 0
      “Zoroastrian” – 0
      “Taoist” – 0
      “Shamanic” – 0
      “Shinto” – 0
      “Confucian” – 0
      “Mythology” – 0
      “Voodoo” or “Voudoun” – 0
      “Jain” – 0
      “Native American” – 0
      “Aboriginal” – 0
      “Polynesian” – 0
      “Scientology” – 0
      “Spiritualist” – 0
      “Pagan” – 1
      “Atheist” – 1
      “Christian” – 11

      Diverse? How on earth can you look at what this book store sells and call Unitarian Universalism diverse?!?

      1. Jim Cook says:

        It sure seems to be “DeVerse” of what we’d expect if the UU bookstore weren’t Christian-dominated.

    4. Robin Edgar says:

      “… this most freedom-driven and most diverse of religious traditions.”

      Are you joking?

      Unitarian Universalists have repeatedly tried to suppress freedom of speech & other freedom of expression such as peaceful public protest etc. when UUs are the target of legitimate criticism. The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ is FAR from being racially diverse, in spite of all its empty claims to be “multi-cultural”. Try finding ANY group photos of Unitarian Universalists where there is anything more than *token* representation of “people of color”. . . The so-called UU World is overwhelming White.

  3. Tom says:

    No Greek, Norse, or other myth tales either i guess. Sad. Do they even have anything by Joseph Campbell?

    1. J. Clifford says:

      No. They don’t.

  4. Kenneth N. Cook says:

    I am a UU who is strongly influenced by existentialism. I rarely see any books on this philosophy in ANY UU library. I find this rather disappointing, as I doubt I’m the only UU who has an interest in that particular ideology.

  5. Gary says:

    I am upset that the Unicorn contingent is not represented. After all, they — along with the leprechauns and faeries — have much to teach us on our spiritual journey.

    All hail Chaxiraxi!

    1. J. Clifford says:

      Why does a 2,000 year-old zombie not get your mockery, Gary?

      1. Gary says:

        Oh, I thought that went without saying.

    2. Bob says:

      Do not mess with the leprechauns. They will jack you up, but good.

      1. Ralph says:

        Hey, don’t sell that 2000 year-old zombie short. His human minions form huge secretive organizations that protect sexual abusers of children. You couldn’t make this crap up for a horror movie.

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