To Go To A UU Church on Easter Sunday or Not Go To A UU Church on Easter Sunday…That Is The Question

Lent is my favorite season of the liturgical year. Contemplation and sacrifice work for me.

Last year I needed an Easter sermon. Cancer was visiting the house (not me) and the message of overcoming anything was something I needed to hear. What I got was a sermon about butterflies–a waste of my time.

This year I don’t NEED an Easter sermon. Actually I would prefer a wilderness/Passover sermon. What I don’t want is a sermon about spring coming again; or bunny rabbits; or renewal.

So that makes me question whether I should bother with a UU church for Easter this year. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a good sermon about flowers or butterflies or bunny rabbits or renewal. But not on Easter.

Why do most UU churches have no problem with doing a “Christmas” sermon, but have so many problems with an Easter sermon? What is it in UU-dom that is afraid of the darkness that Lent and Easter (and to a lesser extent Passover) represent?

To go to a UU church or not go to a UU church on Easter Sunday, that is the question.

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5 thoughts on “To Go To A UU Church on Easter Sunday or Not Go To A UU Church on Easter Sunday…That Is The Question

  1. “What is it in UU-dom that is afraid of the darkness that Lent and Easter (and to a lesser extent Passover) represent?”

    It *could* be that Unitarian Universalists are pathologically allergic to responsibly acknowledging and atoning for their own “darkness” aka “shadow”. . .

    OTOH I expect that the physical resurrection of Jesus is quite problematic for most “rational” UUs hence the Easter Sunday sermons about butterflies and bunnies. . .

    I guess it’s not just the pagan UUs who can be described as “fluffy bunnies”. . .

  2. Kim, I hope you go to church and find what you need. I ache for our congregations that don’t know how to live into the heart of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. And I know of many that do. I found you today because I was looking for a Rita Brock passage. I also am very grateful for Journeys by Heart. Blessings to you in this season.

  3. So. Did you go? And did they preach on the emergence of the first dandelions? (Saw some in the median of Delmar Boulevard yesterday…) Me I went to Christ Church Cathedral downtown. They know how to put on a good show. But here was the best part, as I wrote on my FB:

    How lovely that, among those in attendance, was a young woman who wandered around and tittered and spoke at inappropriate times and generally seemed to be maybe mentally ill, maybe developmentally disabled, or maybe under the influence of some substance. She was dressed in a short dress and high platform shoes, pretty, with long blond braids the stood our against her deep brown skin, and wearing a rather large, ornate headdress of golden leaves and such. Quite spectacular, really. And the security guard clearly didn’t know what to do with her. But he didn’t escort her out. (Yes! A security guard! We used to be able to get by with ushers…)

    And bless her soul, she brought a little fantasy and a little of the real world, both together, into the cathedral, as if to say, “Look at me! I mean it! LOOK AT ME! I’m not like you in your suits and hats. I’m not interested in or able to observe full decorum expected here. But I’m here! I’m alive! I have worth! I have inherent dignity even if you are too blind to see it!” And when, for the sake of efficiency and good traffic flow, the congregation were asked to follow the direction of their ushers to one of three locations in the nave to receive communion, this young woman ignored the ushers and walked up to the high altar and received communion there.

    “Look at me! I’m here! I am God’s child, made in God’s image! I have worth! I will not be shunted to the side! See me!” Blessings be upon her.

  4. My name is Stephane and this is my first time commenting, though I have been following this blog somewhat regularly.

    This blog post ties in perfectly with what I’ve been thinking and where I am in my spiritual journey. I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and reached a point where I knew it wasn’t the right spiritual home for me, so I left and joined my local UU fellowship. I joined, not having done any serious time considering what my needs and wants, and figuring that I could do all of that while being a UU, since they are an open religion that is all about honoring each individual’s spiritual journey.

    I quickly realized that UU wasn’t the right fit for me, but I tried really hard to make it work for about 3 years. I got involved with a lot of committees, and I tried to get on the worship committee so that services could be a better reflection of what I needed, but was unsuccessful. I figured out that while UUs can talk a lot about diversity, there is a huge gap between that ideal and how Christianity and Christians are treated.

    The last time I attended a UU service was actually on Easter day of 2012, which interestingly was also the first time I ever went to an Easter service at the UU fellowship. It was so unfulfilling, I walked away not getting anything I needed that day. True, I hadn’t gotten much from UU services prior to that, but Easter is so important to me and I needed actual substance, I needed a chance explore the darkness that Easter is about, but instead only heard about Spring and renewal. This was the moment that I knew that I was incompatible with Unitarian Universalism and it was time to move on and look for a faith community that would be a better fit for me.

    During August of last year, I went to an Episcopal church for the first time and found right the church for me. It isn’t perfect, but it gives me everything I need and in the months I’ve attended the church I’ve grown so much. And during the Easter Vigil Service this Saturday evening I was officially confirmed and am now a legitimate Episcopalian. I am so very happy with this decision. It feels absolutely right for me.

    I just wanted to let you know I have a similar experience with UU, and I wish you the absolute best as you continue on your journey, and I look forward to reading more about it.

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