Dear Seeking and Curious Friends,
Let me be among those welcoming you to the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship! Having fallen in love with this thoughtful, eager, and committed congregation, it’s a joy and an honor to serve as their half-time minister.
We invite you to join us, wherever you are on your spiritual journey.
Ours is a congregation that loves to sing, and laugh, and sometimes cry together. We make ourselves vulnerable enough to be seen, heard, and known as we are — and we practice acceptance of one another, differences and all. Our members create and sustain the web of community, sharing a commitment to our Unitarian Universalist values and to the liberal religious tradition that we’ve inherited.
We hope that you will join us for Sunday morning worship, if you haven’t already. Visitors are expected; come and join us!
Reverend Erika’s Theology of Unitarian Universalism
I found Unitarian Universalism as a young adult and knew I’d come home. Having been raised in a creed-based religion — which often struck me as overly concerned with who was “right” versus who was merely judged — it was a joyful relief to discover this vibrant, free faith that trusts us to engage the questions in our lives rather than subscribe to easy answers. I believe that the world and our immediate community are both hungry for our “good news” that love is at the heart of life, and that all people are included in the circle of grace.
My personal theology includes these beliefs: we are responsible for our own spiritual journeys and seeking out our own truth; we’re connected to each other in ways seen and unseen; we are called to create justice and healing in the world; and we’re held in an abiding Presence that will never let us go.
As a Unitarian Universalist, my religious “authority” comes from different sources. I honor the wisdom of the world’s religions, but am watchful for truth that arrives in many forms. I’m just as likely to find inspiration or revelation in poetry, nature, or even rap music (!) as in a “religious” text. Believing that each person knows what’s right and true for them, I also cultivate what Thomas Merton called “the silence that is printed in the centre of our beings.”
Finally, my faith rests in the power and solace of community. Whether on Sunday mornings, at committee meetings, or to share social time, we come together as a beloved community that loves generously and lives fully. I believe that religious community provides a steadfast presence for each other even as we bear collective witness to injustice and hatred in our world. Together, we can bring greater wholeness and healing to the community and to each other.