John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Advent 2011: And a healthy new year

A week or so ago--actually, exactly a week ago, now that I look it up--I put up a card I got from my old church in Virginia. One of my churches, I should say, in 2008, after having been without a church how for a couple of years due in no small part to the transportation issues discussed in that last post, I saw something in one of the local papers about an event being held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, which I'd never heard of. I Googled the address and discovered it was less than a half-mile from my home. (On foot, that is. Because I lived on a cul de sac, it was nearly twice as far to drive to UUS as to walk there. A rare victory for northern Virginia pedestrians!) So one Sunday I walked over, enjoyed the service and the people I met, and started attending regularly. I never officially joined, but I was in the choir and attended regularly for a little over a year, and I still remember them very fondly, and not just because they were kind enough to send me this card last Christmas, after I'd been away from the congregation for several months.

One of the things I liked about UUS was that they were very accepting of Christianity and made a point of incorporating elements from that tradition into its services. Which may not sound like that big a deal--Unitarian Universalism is supposed to embrace and incorporate all faith traditions--but plenty of UU congregations have had fierce internal battles over the degree to which Christian traditions should be used. A fair few Unitarians are lapsed Christians of some sort, and some of them are overtly hostile toward it and will fight any effort to acknowledge Christianity. But as far as I could tell, there was no one like that at UUS, which was nice since I never fully bought into the Unitarian part of the equation. (I once described myself to the pastor as a Trinitarian Universalist.) Which all is a roundabout way of saying that there are are probably quite a few UU congregations that would never dream of sending out a holiday card that actually had the word Christmas on it. It's hard to see in this scan because it's in white text, but if you click the photo and look at it full-size you'll see it clearly enough.

It's also worth noting, just because it amuses me, that this card sent by hyperliberal Unitarians is possibly somewhat less green than the one sent by Creative Channel Services, a large corporation. Sure, it's all well and good to use soy inks and recycled paper stock containing a minimum of 50% Post Consumer Waste, but what about the sugar cane fibers? Stick that in your bong holes, hippies!

And a healthy new year
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Tags: advent: 2011, greeting card, religion, va

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