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(((Where does Unitarian Universalism stand on voluntary poverty?)))That it is a matter of personal choice.
Speaking of new religions David are you aware that you are currently advertising Scientology as a result of "monetizing" this blog?
Dear Robin:Do you suppose there are UU/Scientologists?I love L. Ron Hubbard. The guy has one heck of sense of human to start such a bizarre religion and the interesting thing is that his bet turns out to be a good one - I think he won.I figure if he can monetize his life style, maybe I can too.I wonder if the ad got any clicks?I am not supposed to click it since it was on my blog, but, dear friends, please click away and the money will start pouring in to yours truly.All the best,David Markham
Dear Chalicechick:What would think about the UUA encouraging a little voluntary poverty? I've heard it can be good for the soul.Jesus says to the rich young man that he should sell everything and come follow Him and the young man couldn't bring himself to do it. I wonder if the young man was a Unitarian Universalist?Jesus didn't condemn his choice, He as just answering the young man's question about how to pursue a more deeply committed spiritual life.Do you suppose that one of the reasons that Unitarian Universalism doesn't have more depth to it as a faith is its failure to support more substantively those who might want to take this path?Thanks for your comment,David Markham
(((What would think about the UUA encouraging a little voluntary poverty? I've heard it can be good for the soul.))I wouldn't see it as much different than the UUA encouraging "voluntary simplicity" and they've done that as long as I've been a member. As far as I can tell "Voluntary Simplicity" is a more reasonable version of the same basic concept. (((I wonder if the young man was a Unitarian Universalist?)))As UUism didn't exist in the time of Jesus, my guess is no. Actually, I've never known personally anyone of any faith who has done that so I'm not sure why you're singling out UUism. (((Do you suppose that one of the reasons that Unitarian Universalism doesn't have more depth to it as a faith is its failure to support more substantively those who might want to take this path?))How would you define "substantive support?"The UUA seems to take the general position that if you can convince thousands of people to cut back some and give a few percent apiece, you're doing a lot more good than if you convince a few people to sell everything they own and spend the rest of their lives in poverty. That seems perfectly rational to me. What doesn't seem rational is putting one more person in poverty, wasting that person's talents and ensuring that if their kids or their parents ever need financial help that there will be no help available for them. But that's a few reasons why I haven't done it. CCwho tends to think that she will do more good for the world as a lawyer than she would as a panhandler.