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The sentiments presented in Try #11 sounded good to me, but when I read them to some non-UU friends they seemed a bit put off by the cool, overly intellectual tone of the piece. They accepted the ideas as reasonable but didn’t seem enthused about joining the Fellowship. The problem is a personal failing of mine that plagued me throughout my various careers. I can do very well in the tasks assigned to me, better than most of my peers, but I lacked enthusiasm. The seeking proposed in the piece lacks enthusiasm! It needs to change the mood from “That’s a good idea” to “Wow! I really like that, and can do it, too!” That is the goal with this attempt to probe into what Unitarian Universalists seek.


The old version
We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of our Universe, so we may be in a better relationship with all that it offers.
  2. —create and maintain an ideally balanced human society, so every individual may flourish within a meaningful and sustainable world.
  3. —dedicate our lives and wisdom to minimizing the suffering of all living beings.
  4. —help one another recognize and use our unique abilities to maximize the physical and mental health of all beings.
  5. —acknowledge that we as a fellowship of people expressing diverse views are more likely to discover beneficial possibilities than we can as individuals.
  6. —make habitual the kind actions that help all of us grow in understanding and affection for one another and for our Universe.

The new version with more enthusiasm.
We Unitarian Universalists are:

  1. —discovering the orderly nature of our Universe, so we can help it and ourselves benefit from everything that is possible.
  2. —creating an ideally balanced human society, so you and I and everyone else can have a meaningful life.
  3. —dedicating our wisdom and energy to the great tradition of minimizing the suffering of all living beings.
  4. —helping one another recognize and use our personal abilities to maximize our health and others’ well-being.
  5. —appreciating that we as a fellowship of people expressing diverse views are discovering wonderful new ways of living.
  6. —making a habit of doing kind things that help us love one another and our Universe.

    By making the statements into easy action terms it becomes possible for people to understand how easy it is to do good things and how it will help them to live better lives.