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GA: Day three

Went to bed at a more reasonable hour. About midnight. I got up in time for the 7.30 Communion service in the college chapel. It was pretty good.

Business meetings

All the motions past. Myah. Can't be bothered to write anything else.

Hymnbook working group

Singing hymns. Yay! I really hope that they produce one that can replace our current two books as I think both of them leave a lot to be desired.

District connections

Anniversary service

I must say I didn't get much at all out of this. Partly it was hot in the theatre hall (it would have been cooler in the cathedral) but it wasn't just that. I don't know I just really couldn't get anything out of it.

I've realised that many Unitarians seem to have no sense of God. I'm not talking about humanists. I'm talking about us using the word 'God' yet having no sense that there's any reality behind it. Perhaps I'm not explaining myself well. I hear people mentioning the word God, yet there's something insincere about it, there's no sense that people's lives are orientated by a personal relationship with the divine. I'd almost prefer it if people didn't mention God, like in some UU settings, rather than talking about God, yet somehow not meaning it.

I think this is related to prayer. A reading about prayer is not the same as prayer. Saying: prayer is this and this and this, is not a prayer. Prayer is speaking to the divine. I haven't had much sleep. If I'm not making myself clear, or am sounding offensive, please forgive me.

Also, is it too much to think we should have grace before meals at GA?

I'm sure I had more things to say. Ah well.


Anonymous said…
Yes, you do make yourself clear.

Whether what comes over is what you intend, who knows? But it could be construed as offensive.

"I've realised that many Unitarians seem to have no sense of God."

"I hear people mentioning the word God, yet there's something insincere about it, there's no sense that people's lives are orientated by a personal relationship with the divine. "

These generalising phrases: "many Unitarians", "people"

These observations are based on what evidence?

If it is their behaviour during a couple of services at GA then this is not fair. It is a surreally false environment, if ever there was one.

And who are you to judge anyway?

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