What words do we use to describe our communtiy?
Open hearts, open minds 8
Here let no one be a stranger 7
Founded 1672 6
Liberal religious community 4
(Comment: basically Christian as we were born into Christian community)
Many beliefs, one faith 4
Everyone welcome 3
Spirituality without conformity 2
We welcome all without discrimination 2
Reason, tolerance, liberty 1
And one person tried to sum it all up by writing:
Missing – “worship” “challenging”
Many beliefs, one faith – founded 1672
We welcome you to our open, challenging, worshipping community of Unitarians, founded 1672.
Spirituality without creeds
The following all got zero votes:
Bolton’s First Dissenting/Non-Conformist Chapel; peace and happiness; a religious home for the liberal spirit; General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, free and inquiring religion; Christians Together in Bolton Town Centre; Unitarianism is a free religious faith
What is most interesting is that all the phrases we currently use on the front page of our calendar, website and noticeboard all get zero votes.
If all those words currently mean nothing to us, why are we still using them?
What came through pretty strongly was that we didn't want to concentrate on our history any more than saying "founded 1672" and that welcoming all people was pretty central to us.