When Doug Muder wrote his article that was in the Summer 2007 issue of the World, I thought he didn’t go far enough in his critique of UU problems in reaching out to those who are not “our kind of people.”
This is where my continued critique comes in and why I’m asking the questions about whether there can be a Liberation theology with a UU bent. But in order for me to do at least some justice to this, I think it might be a good thing if I say what I believe about Liberation theology.
One does not have to believe in God in order for Liberation theology to work. But one does need to believe in the numinous…..the holy…..the that which is greater than ourselves. And one has to believe that the numinous is in the situations of suffering that people are going through.
To tie my ideas of Liberation theology into this, here’s my question…..where are the store-front UU churches? Where are the UU churches that are down in the trenches? (I know about the Faithful Fools, but they are not a congregation) Why do we plant our churches out in the backwoods where nobody can find them? Or put them away from public transportation lines (in larger cities)? And then wonder why we aren’t growing? For all our social justice work, why don’t we put it into practice in our own churches?
There are so many people who have been knocked down by life and think that there are no second chances who are craving the knowledge that maybe, just maybe, there are second chances. That mistakes made 5 minutes ago or yesterday or 10 years ago don’t have to be the end of who they are. And where is the liberal alternative to the evangelicals with the store-front church? We’re out in the backwoods navel gazing.
That’s what I’m talking about when I titled these posts “New Testament People in an Old Testament World.” I don’t think you have to be a Christian, or believe in God, to buy into Liberation theology with a really liberal bent. At some point reason should tell us that we need to stop navel gazing and get into the game.
Enough for now. More later (maybe).