So today I kicked off my religious-dilettante’s Church Tour of Vermont. I graduated with a degree in Religion without ever having actually attended church before. Ever. Compounded with an ever lurking disappointment in my lack of faith, this time of year seems like as good a time as any to begin testing the proverbial holy waters. So here we go!
We got to the First Unitarian Universalist Society at the top of Church Street a little before the 9AM start time for the morning service. It wasn’t crowded at all, apparently this one’s the family service with piano; the full organ and choir service is at 11. A member told me they have about 300 or 400 members total, not including people like me who drop in on occasion or first timers.
It was a really brief, very easy service. Probiotic Yogurt Church, it was light, went down easy and made you feel good afterward. Rather than a straight sermon, there was sort of a running commentary and meditation on Robert Frost’s “advent for the Yes-Maybe people”; that is those of us who fall somewhere in between buoyant optimism and staunch negativity. We heard some poetry, did a brief guided meditation, and sang songs out of their multi-national and multi-faith songbook, which serves as their only real text during the service.
Afterward Shane and I were approached by no less than three members, who noticed our newness and came to introduce themselves, ask a couple polite questions, and tell us more about their feelings towards the UU Society. Talked about UU facilitating the self discovery of faith, “It’s not for everyone, some people need to know ‘this is what we believe’”. Delicious cake, bitter coffee, and pleasant conversation for a dozen minutes or so, and we were back out into the sunshine before 10:30.
I would definitely like to go back for the 11 AM service to see it in full tilt. An unconventional introduction for my churchgoership, but extremely welcoming and noncommittal. Most people prefaced their questions with “So are you new here, or just shopping around for the right place?” Church for the embarrassed agnostic.
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- mountsolitrin said: sounds like an amazingly wholesome great morning! probiotic religion sounds like the right like of pill to swallow. i got your last email, life has been great, but busy! i have like 3 drafts of responses- i am a long distance comm. tard. sososorry
- flowerfield said: I am interested in attending the 11am sermon as well! Sounds lovely! Keep this Baptised Agnostic in the know!
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