If you ever wanted to find out what Unitarian Universalism (UU) is about then this promotional video from the Unitarian Universalist Association is probably not a bad place to start.
You will see that it’s very eclectic theologically, drawing from religious traditions as diverse as Christianity and Atheism and Paganism. You’ll also see they like old style church, with much emphasis on hymns and vestments as well as warm words to say about buildings and the like.
I find there’s some ironies in that, in the way Unitarian Universalist ritual conservativism / theological liberalism is a virtual mirror opposite of Evangelical and Pentecostal ritual liberalism / theological conservativism. It reminds me of the difference between exoskeletons and endoskeltons. I don’t know if any of you ever studied biology, but to speak of exoskeletons and endoskeltons is to speak of the difference between creatures who rely on hard outers (exo) shells for support of their soft center (as with crabs and shellfish) and creatures who rely on hard inner (endo) bones for support of their soft outer flesh as with mammals and birds). The analogy I have in mind here is between outer expression and inner belief. Which is more important for religious identity? I’m sure we could have some interesting discussions between Christians and Unitarian Universalists on that one.
Hat tip to Jason for the vid