I noticed you interviewed several youth. Our church (I am also a UU) has a different perspective on youth empowerment than I see in the more obey-oriented approaches taken by my evangelical cousins & brothers. You might find that interesting show-fodder. Also, I wonder whether you might not want to do several shows on religious education generally & just what it's all supposed to lead to. When I observe my relatives with their children, I always am wondering how "obedience" as a value is supposed to work, because obedience without an object -- i.e., obedient to whom? to what? -- seems impossible to imagine. If children are inculcated to obey whomever chooses to order them around, that would seem dangerous from a Christian point of view -- wouldn't such children be vulnerable to cults? To crowds? To criminals? That is a specific question I have, but I am interested generally in how religions impart values to their children.
I am concerned that sometimes we UUs get a bit too smug & act as if we are the only church that allows its people to think (I saw a hint or two of that in the video) -- that's not fair or true -- I was raised United Methodist & we were surely encourage to study & learn. The conflict comes if -- as a result of your experiences, learning, questions, &, by the way, feelings -- you cease to accept the raison d'etre of the religion in which you were raised (e.g., Christ's divinity, theism, etc.). If you cannot accept the raison d'etre for any organization, you usually part company (as much because of your own disinclination to stay as much as the organization's desire to bid you adieu). But that experience of coming to disagree with the organizing principles of a particular relgion is not the same as that religion not allowing you to think. UUism's raison d'etre is open enough to welcome sincerely questioning souls who may not feel at home in other communities. (But how did you manage to show so many UUs without coffee?)
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