Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How does a person become a member of UUAWOL ministries?

The mission of Unitarian Universalism: A Way Of Life ministries is to sanctify the world by facilitating the development of sainthood among its members through engagement in a covenantal relationship based on UU's seven principles.

The first step in answering the question about membership in UUAWOL ministries is studying and applying the seven UU covenantal principles in one's life. The product of this study and application will be a written and/or oral description of the course of study and application, the results and benefits accrued, and demonstration of the understanding of the seven principles and how they can be enacted in personal and communal life. This paper and/or interview will be provided to a committee of three current members of the ministry who will decide on acceptance, or require further study and application for acceptance.

The second step to membership is the public vow of commitment to the covenant.

The third step to membership is enacting a role in the ministry which will uplift, encourage, and contribute to the mission of the ministry in an effective and satisfying way. This involves a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to the operation of the ministry.

6 comments:

  1. is there a study guide for step one?

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    1. Dear Rasheed:

      A study guide is being prepared. It is hoped to be ready by the end of the year. Parts of it may appear here on the blog as it is being written.

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  2. What do you mean by "sanctify the world" and achieving "sainthood"? These terms don't mean much to me.

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    1. To "sanctify the world" is to experience it in an awakened state of enlightenment. It is what UUs refer to as the interdependent web. The principal asks us to "respect" the interdependent web, and yet to sanctify the world means that we come to love and appreciate it and have a great gratitude for it.

      Some people are more aware of this (cosmic consciousness) and in tune with it than others. As one leaves the path of the ego and moves upward on the path of the spirit the sanctity of the world becomes more realized and in this realization the world becomes more holy (sanctified).

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  3. what kind of public vow

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  4. It would be a public ceremony of some sort like an induction where the person would be taking vows in front of witnesses to enter into and support the covenant. It would be like getting married, joining the Armed Offices, taking an oath of office, or taking on Holy Orders to be faithful to the community.

    This public ceremony would only occur after at least a year of discernment as to whether membership in this covenant is right for the individual taking the vow and the community accepting the person into fellowship.

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