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Tricky Subject: Churches, Religion.
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sunnywiz
A coworker of mine, who went to the Cafe Unite show I did, stopped to talk with me about.. stuff ... like, i think it was Monday or Tuesday. Been thinking about that conversation.

It went to the place where I said, "yeah, those people are like family to me". And she mentioned that, she would like to investigate going to a church, but wasn't sure..

Immediately, the things in my head are like, TOTALLY wanting her to go to the church I go to. This is VERY tricky ground. I'm starting to really respect that: not everybody needs to think like me. When I was growing up, there was a concept of "this is Right, and everybody who doesn't subscribe to it is a NumbNut."

Now, its more like.. "here's what's inside me. As a result, this is where I feel comfortable."

Anyway. So, she was asking what Unity was about, and what Unitarians were about, and how were they different.. {fwiw: I go to a Unity church for now, have attended a Unitarian in the past} ... and I gave her a beautiful answer: "Check 'em out on the internet, see what they are about."

See, if I tried to say my truths.. its so easy for me to go preachy, 'cause I get so excited. But, the preachiness doesn't help anybody else. So, scratch that. Talking religion(s) is a fast way to loose many friendships.

Here's another difference that I've noticed: It seems to be often assumed that by me going to XYZ place, i must think like XYZ to conform. For me, its really more that, I think XYZ, i have found a place where its okay for me to think XYZ *and* most people assume XYZ as well, *and* they are a healthy, open-minded bunch of people. If, for whatever reason, they thought the same was as I did, but were not open-minded... or if their actions didn't match their words.. I would leave, in an instant. Well, first i'd speak my mind, then, if the prevailing attitude is contrary to my personal beliefs, THEN i'd leave. There are just WAY TOO MANY nice spiritual groups to hang with.

Now, part of why i'm posting is -- some of the folks who read my journal postings, this topic has come up before. {Hey YOU: Cool your guns. at least 3 people have asked me these sorts of questions.}. So i want to say to you folks: ARGH! I'm trying NOT TO SAY NUTTIN. And GO READ FOR YOURSELF! *grin* and i really really really hope you choose the crowd that i chose, 'cause that means i'm related to you in even more ways, and I like that feeling of relatedness. "My Tribe" as it were.

But of course, my inside enthusiasm says i could at least post these guys: Basic Unity Principles; Basic Unitarian Principles. I'll also state that: if you like reading stuff by Ekhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Neal Diamond Walsh, Sylvia Browne, The Tao of Piglet, etc -- you'd probably be at home in Unity. If you really like stuff by ... uh.. the guy who lived in nature and wrote a bunch and had three names.. John Waldo Emerson? uh.. well, so, there's another set of books/authors that is more the Unitarian kind. My finding is that Unitarians are almost always better settled, larger, more established, and tend to be more scientific/philosophical than the Unitics. Almost all Unitics would be perfectly at home at a Unitarian service; the transitive is probably not true.

I've also heard of a questionairre that determines % compatibility with various established belief systems. I haven't found it yet, though. Anybody know where it is? Updated: Try this one. Lots of people posting their results in the comments.. perhaps, someone could make it a post and start a meme?

Okay. So, there, its said now. I pass. Thanks for listening.

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Here's one...it was just the first one that came up in Google. Not sure how great it is:
http://beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html

The top score is automatically given 100%. My top 10:

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (98%)
3. Liberal Quakers (87%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (75%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (70%)
6. Neo-Pagan (70%)
7. Nontheist (70%)
8. Taoism (57%)
9. New Age (56%)
10. Orthodox Quaker (49%)

It gives 27 total.




Wow, here's my top 10:

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Mahayana Buddhism (85%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (83%)
4. New Age (80%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (79%)
6. Liberal Quakers (68%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
8. Jainism (65%)
9. Sikhism (60%)
10. Hinduism (58%)

Cool.. here's mine:

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (99%)
3. New Thought (99%)
4. Unitarian Universalism (98%)
5. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (97%)
6. New Age (97%)
7. Liberal Quakers (89%)
8. Scientology (86%)
9. Mahayana Buddhism (74%)
10. Hinduism (72%)

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