Our family hasn’t been regularly attending a church building on Sunday mornings. But we’re starting to hunger for more than the random, spontaneous and sometimes not-so-frequent gatherings of our fellow disciples of Christ.
So we want to plug in somewhere… but not just anywhere. How refreshing and encouraging would it be to hook up with others who are in the same boat? People who have been down this road and are at the same place? People who won’t gawk at you with a glassy, blank stare when you start talking about your “different” views on hell and salvation and election? People who don’t think that you’ve fallen into heresy because your sunday-morning-attendance at the local building slacked off the last few years? People who may have read George MacDonald and Thomas Allin and Tom Talbott and Gerry Beauchemin – and agree, having searched out the answers for themselves? I’m looking for a body other than the traditional services, the “turn or burn” crowd, the “repent before God zaps you with all His fury and He stops loving you at death” crowd. I want some like-minded people, it’s been a couple of years now and we’re starting to feel a little lonely.
So I googled Universalists in our area and I kept getting “Unitarian Universalists”.
What is this called, “universalism”? The Unitarians are not what we’re looking for, although I believe they are quite loving people, I have a friend who attends their services and it sounds like the Unitarians are not as Jesus-centered as evangelical Christians.
How do we find others in our area? Is there a website I can go to, somebody who can help us plug in?
Where do we start?