What to call a UU non-church.
November 2, 2011 6:49 PM Subscribe
What do you call a Unitarian Universalist church when you don't want to call it a church?
I was talking to a friend who, like me, recently started going to a Unitarian Universalist church, and we have a problem. Both raging agnostics who want nothing to do with Christianity, we are having a hard time telling people what we do on Sundays. Sometimes avoiding the question is out of the question. But the building where we go and talk about the goodness of humanity and shit? It's a big, old, stone-and-stained-glass, bell-in-a-steeple, churchy-type church. Except without the God. And the service? 11 AM, person up front with candles and a fancy robe. Just no Jesus.
What should we tell people so they don't think we're Christians, but without insulting Christians by immediately following any mention of church with "BUT THANK GOD I'M NOT A CHRISTIAN. WAIT. SCRATCH THE GOD PART"? Technically it's not a fellowship. Is it our "congregation?" My friends said she has talked to other UUs who have a similar problem. Minister calls it a church and enjoys reclaiming Christian terminology. Advice?