Add new comment

I agree entirely. I am a Unitarian Universalist & many people join us with a sense that they have been damaged by the religious beliefs in which they grew up. I am an agnostic (raised Methodist), and I never had that sense of being damaged by my parents' religion -- in fact, I grew up in a Methodist church that emphasized education about Christianity, so I feel that I learned a lot. Nonetheless, I have also learned from the UU attempt to restore the words associated with religion (e.g., "prayer," "faith," etc.), and give them additional non-dogmatic meanings, and I appreciate that. If you attempt to be too neutral, you risk capturing nothing strong or resonant.