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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 comments to The Rather UnUniversal Unitarian Universalists

  • Dove

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?!?

    • “… 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.

  • Tom

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

  • Kenneth N. Cook

    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.

  • Gary

    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!

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