Many of us have explored different spiritual paths before coming to Unitarian Universalism. Our living tradition is shaped by the rich wisdom of our world's diverse religions and philosophies, and what we learn from our past personal experiences influences our continuous spiritual growth. "I've been a Catholic, a Buddhist, and a 'Christian' in my 60+ years of living," Throop member Clara Aburto says. "Unitarian Universalism spoke to me in the most liberating and clear voices." To her, ours is a church that celebrates various forms of worship and religious belief-"or the freedom of none at all!"
Prayer, meditation, and joining our congregation in thought-provoking services are just a few ways Clara tends to the sacred in her life. Acknowledging and honoring the Native lands that she lives upon, she finds spiritual purpose in caring for the plants and animals around her. Clara's reverence for Earth and its gifts manifests in her many years nurturing Throop's Learning Garden and whipping up delicious treats with our kitchen crew.
Grateful that her spiritual journey led her to Unitarian Universalism, Clara's heart is touched by being of service to her beloved Throop community. "I'm a 'healing child' inside," she says. "I was able to find other adults like myself, who made me feel less different and most loved. Unitarian Universalism means acceptance of our many cultural, gendered, and sexual ways of being. The wonder of belonging to a congregation that truly cares about the planet, and about one another!"
Whether you're a lifelong Throoper or a newcomer to spiritual practice, we'd love to learn about what brought you to Unitarian Universalism. Fill out our brief survey here, or email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your personal stories will be showcased in upcoming blog posts that highlight the myriad ways our unique beliefs, practices, and histories weave together, illuminating the colorful and ever-evolving faith community we call home.