A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief. In this new edition of the classic introductory text on Unitarian Universalism, which includes a revealing, entertaining foreword by best-selling author Robert Fulghum (All I Reall For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominati...

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Title:A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
Author:John A. Buehrens
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Genres:Religion
ISBN:A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Jan 21, 2011
    My first thought upon finishing this book was that I needed to read it a second time, which I plan to do soon. This is partially because the book is sufficiently dense as to require multiple readings. But mostly, I'd like to spend more time with these thoughtful, nuanced essays by John...
  • Brendan
    Nov 14, 2009
    My family has started attending the local Unitarian Universalist church in the last couple months and I?ve found it quite invigorating and interesting. As part of the process, we took the ?Introduction to UU? class and I bought a book about the religion. Having finished it now, I...
  • Susan
    Mar 25, 2009
    This was an enormously thought-provoking and well-constructed set of essays on religion and its role in the great big diverse world. It is wrapped inside a discussion of the Unitarian Universalist faith, which seems to define itself by reveling in just these sorts of issues. UU is a...
  • Kate E
    Dec 03, 2013
    I would probably prefer to give this book 3.5 stars. This book is written by two main authors - John Buerhens and Forrest Church. I strongly preferred the opinions of Church to Buerhens. Buerhens is avowedly a Christian, and very anti-atheist. As someone who is decidedly non-theist, th...
  • Sally
    Apr 21, 2012
    Well-written book gives a good picture of Unitarian Universalism today, with its inclusiveness and breadth of thought, though being written by two ministers the church aspect is emphasized. ...
  • Adrienne
    Feb 28, 2009
    This is a great introduction to Unitarian Universalism. It?s very informative, well-researched, and well-thought. At times it seemed to drag a little for me because the material is pretty heavy philosophically and informationally, but I?m glad I pushed through. It was definitely wo...
  • C. Varn
    Jun 30, 2019
    I must admit I was frustrated by this book as it was partially an apologia for the liberal and inclusive practices of modern Unitarian Universalists--with the dominant form of liberal beliefs reflecting that of the late 1990s when it was compiled--and a history of the development of U....
  • Stacey
    Oct 22, 2009
    Not for everyone, it being a mostly spiritual text, but a very good introduction to the seven foundational principles, and history, of UUism (for short). It reminds me why I call myself a Unitarian Universalist, because I don't often have the opportunity to attend services. I would rec...
  • Krystal Racca
    Dec 25, 2008
    The Unitarian church is one of the few churches where I feel totally comfortable and at home; even invigorated and refueled with life after the service. Their sentiments are in line with my own, both spiritually and socially. They stand for social justice and acceptance of all walks o...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 10, 2018
    I enjoyed reading about UU, now that I've been involved with one or another UU church for 20-some years. Perhaps this Margot Adler quote best sums up my feelings about UU and this book: "Unitarian Universalism gives me a place to be at home with some of my closest friends: my doubts." ...
  • Michael
    Jan 29, 2012
    Growing up in reformed churches, (though I didn't know to call them that at the time), it shocked me one of the authors admitted to working outside of 'sola scriptura' (A reformed tradition since Luther's time) and outside of 'just trust your priest' (the reformed take on Orthodox trea...
  • Jeremiah
    Oct 16, 2017
    One of the quotes by Margaret Fuller, "Cherish your best hopes as a faith, and abide by them in action," is probably my favorite line in this book. ...
  • Darin Stewart
    Jul 05, 2010
    This is a wonderful little book both as an Introduction/Overview to Unitarian Universalism and as a general work on non-creedal religion. Unitarians do not proselytize or evangelize and do not have any formal doctrine beyond seven basic principles (below). As a result, it can be a bit ...
  • Anna Shade
    Aug 24, 2012
    Great book for a new Unitarian Universalist. Through dueling stories between John Buehrens and Forrest Church, this gives a good sample of the spiritual perspectives that make up this faith. ...
  • Miriam Pia
    Mar 13, 2012
    In reality, I read this book on the advice of CLF - the largest UU congregation in the UUA, but done online. This congregation was created as a correspondence group. There is no UU congregation where I currently live until or unless 1) I effectively found one using locals or 2)someone ...
  • Lee Harmon
    Jun 03, 2013
    I?ve enjoyed attending a Unitarian Universalist church about every other Sunday for a while, and thought I should know a little more about it, so I picked up this book. That?s a lie. I have no idea where the book came from, whether it was a gift or a request for review or a ...
  • Annie
    Aug 01, 2013
    I chose to read this book to discover more about Unitarian Universalism, specifically to determine if it's right for me. The co-authors delivered a coherent and inviting picture of a faith based on inclusiveness and kindness. I know now that I should attend a few more services before c...
  • Rich Kooyer
    Jul 30, 2011
    An essential book for anyone who has interest inthe current, living Unitarian Univeralist Association. There is some history as you would hope for but much of the information has to do with the here-and-now. ...
  • Vicki Roberts
    Feb 17, 2017
    This is a great introduction to the history of how Unitarian Universalism was formed...and you'd be surprised to see how many instrumental people in history identified as such. ...
  • Kim
    Mar 15, 2017
    Obviously a slow, thoughtful read. Given to me by my assistant minister a couple of years ago. i studied it more than read it and learned a lot - not all of it i agree with, but that's ok! ...
  • Nicole
    Oct 12, 2012
    I didn't particularly care for this book; mainly because it wasn't what I expected. I expected more of a modern take on Unitarian Universalism but it seemed like I received more of a history of how Unitarians and Universalists came together to form UU. There was definitely some contemp...
  • Erincaroline
    Jan 19, 2018
    After a few years in occasionally attending UU Congregations. I bought the book. Such a fantastic introduction to a chosen faith ;). I love how the 2 authors go back and forth chapter to chapter. I'm so grateful to have found this book, and would recommend it to anyone inquiring about ...
  • Kathie
    Jan 15, 2018
    Unitarian Universalists, and those curious about the faith, wishing to understand the religion''s sources, will find A Chosen Faith by Forrest Church and John Buehrens useful. I found it a thought-provoking and enjoyable read. ...
  • Rick Garrett
    Nov 05, 2018
    As a new UU attender (and, probably, future member) this book was a great resource. I rather expected this to be a bit of a textbook, and, to be sure, there's an element of that, but, to me, it flows more like storytelling from two accomplished storytellers. It gave me some new i...
  • David C
    Feb 07, 2018
    Read book and went to church I guess I'm looking for some spiritology. I had heard of the Unitarian church so I bought and read the book and it's just what I'm looking for. I attended one of their masses and it exceeded my expectations. A lot of the parishioners shared similar exper...
  • Lexie Frensley
    Apr 06, 2017
    I started attending a UU church back in November after the election and wanted to learn more about the history and tenets of the church. This book does a great job of outlining both in a way that also held my attention. I particularly liked this quote, "Faith is not ultimately abou...
  • Jessica Smith
    Jul 23, 2017
    A wonderful introduction to Unitarian Universalism - a "religion" that my soul has been seeking. The chapters are basically sermons on each of the principles shared by UU congregations and the six sources of faith. At long last, a faith that doesn't exclude or discourage individualism ...
  • Aaron Okuyo Toponce
    Feb 18, 2019
    So, I was fairly disappointed in this book. First, it was dry, dry, dry. Second, it was more of a history of Unitarian Universalism than an understanding of the religion. It's made clear on the outset that the UU religion is one of acceptance and liberal free thinking. I can appreci...
  • John
    Aug 27, 2018
    This was an entertaining read. As others have mentioned, it is pretty esoteric in nature. Don't expect a bunch of direct answers out of this book as their is no set creed to follow. The religion is based on life's shared morals regardless of country, religion, race, culture, etc. H...
  • Richard Palmer
    Apr 27, 2018
    The book is not presented on a Kindle in a usable form The book is impossible to read in portrait form on my Kindle. If I want to look something up, it appears to be d to do so because all of the controls have disappeared. ...