While I was shaving on Wednesday morning, Ash Wednesday, I started wondering what I was going to give up for Lent and whether I would go to get ashes today. Then I wondered how Unitarian Universalists celebrate Ash Wednesday and Lent and outside of what I read on Boston Unitarian I don't know.
You can take the boy out of the Roman Catholic church but can you take the Roman Catholic Church out of the boy?
No, I decided you can't.
I love my new found Unitarian Universalist faith but I also love some things about my Roman Catholic faith also. Then it hit me! I can be a Unitarian Universalist Roman Catholic.
Eureka! I've found it. I have been struggling in this direction for almost 10 years and I finally have figured it out.
Now, I have faith that the Unitarian Universalists will have me with my Roman Catholicism, but I know that the Roman Catholics, the conservative ones anyway, wouldn't have me with my Unitarian Universalism.
So I struggled a bit further. Am I a Roman Catholic Unitarian Universalist or a Unitarian Universalist Roman Catholic? I decided that I have to be a Unitarian Universalist Roman Catholic just like there are Unitarian Universalist Buddhists, and Untarian Universalist Jews, and Unitarian Universalist Wiccans, Unitarian Universalists Humanists, etc.
I told a good born-again Christian friend of mine last week that I admire him the most of any one I know besides the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and he started laughing so hard he couldn't resume the conversation for at least a minute. When I said, "Rick, what is so funny?"
He said, "Dave, I thought you were a Unitarian?"
"Well, yeah," I said, "but I guess I still believe in the Trinity sometimes."
I love Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and God the Father/Mother/It, but it doesn't bother me that they are all one too.
So, how screwed up am I?
I am not going back to straight Roman Catholic, and I love Unitarian Universalism, but I also want my ashes and to practice Lent.
I think there is room in Unitarian Universalism for Roman Catholicism and so I hope that no one is offended if I refer to myself as a UURC, a Unitarian Universalist Roman Catholic. I suspect that there are many more of us out there.
If you are a UURC too can I see a show of hands?
This is article #1 in a series on Unitarian Universalist Roman Catholicism.