Faith Beyond Belief

When you get the same message over and over again from radically different sources, it probably means Somebody is trying to tell you something.

Today’s service at DUUF was led by Megan Dalby-Jones, a candidate for UU ministry on leave from seminary while she supports her partner’s career (i.e. – she’s stuck in DFW for the time being). Her sermon was titled “Faith Beyond Belief,” a rather personal look at how our beliefs and our faith aren’t necessarily the same thing. Here’s a link to Megan giving the same sermon at Pathways UU last August – it’s worth watching if you have 20 minutes or so.

The thing that made an impression on me was the emphasis on DOing. We don’t have to intellectually understand everything in order to experience it. Some things we just do. That’s a difficult lesson for me – I want to KNOW and understand everything.

Sometimes that’s not necessary. Sometimes that’s not possible. Sometimes that’s not helpful.

Which tells me I need more practicing and less intellectualizing.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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