The Church of the Open Mind

231100_1058858028767_3654_nFrom our start as a faith community, we have loved questions as much as answers, and perhaps even more.  Questions open up the world; they can inspire; they feed our curiosity.  We are non-creedal and non-dogmatic because we question and wonder and think. How much fun is that? Here are some of the questions I got last Sunday.

-Rev. Dr. Jim Nelson

  • What is one of the most rewarding gifts about being a UU minister?
  • If you could spend a month in the wilderness, where would it be and why?
  • What’s the most challenging thing about being a minister?
  • How do you select teachings from different religions?  Which to adhere to and which to discard?
  • Do you ever want to “do over” a sermon that you changed your mind about later?
  • Are you happy with the way things have turned out?
  • What gives you the most hope for our future?
  • How can we avoid despair when we think of the state of the world?
  • Was Christ divine?  If not, who decided he was and why?
  • Do UUs believe in an afterlife?
  • How do you see Unitarian Universalism evolving as a faith?
  • What is the difference between faith and belief?
  • How can a person age with grace?
  • Do you think it’s possible to become a wise person without having a difficult life?
  • I’m 46 and have been thinking about the successes and regrets I have.  How can I release myself from these and just remember to live?
  • Can it be okay to feel like you’ve outgrown the family you were born into and move on in life without them?
  • What’s the hardest thing about maintaining a spiritual practice? What’s the best way to make it happen?
  • If you could harness the full force and spirit of this congregation for one day, what would you have us do?


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