ok, before I get into the main body of this post let’s start with the obvious…..most UUs can’t/couldn’t get over the theology of gospel in order to actually sing it with some gusto.
Some of you know that I am TA-ing a class at Earlham College this semester. The class is History of the African American Religious Experience. (I’m really happy……I’m not the only dark face in the room) Anyway…while in class today watching a documentary, one of the people in the documentary said “hope that comes out of the denial of suffering is false hope.” That got me to thinking.
There’s a reason that UUs don’t sing gospel well….most UUs don’t do suffering. And gospel, at its heart, is about people who have suffered. People who have made a way out of no way. That’s just not something most UUs are comfortable talking about.
So….what kind of hope are UU churches preaching? Is it a false hope? Or is it a real hope that comes from an understanding of suffering?
But…..there’s another reason UUs don’t sing gospel well…..gospel requires one to be truly in touch with their emotions while singing…and that’s something else that UUs aren’t comfortable with. Even with songs that supposedly lots of UUs like, they aren’t sung with gusto. What is it about emotions that scare so many UUs when they cross the church-house door?
oh well…that’s enough for now. back to reading.