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by Roland Rhoades, reprinted from The Maine Commons newspaper

Buddhists, Taoists, Humanists, Pagans, liberal religious dilettantes against dogma, social activists, cultural creatives all find home at Unitarian Universalist churches. Check your yellow pages for one near you, or click here for a UU church near you.

We don't believe in "Judgment Day". 
We work towards "NON-JUDGMENT DAY"!

    I am making it my personal mission to unite all heretics and revolutionaries to work together. I have created this website to try to coordinate all the peoples working toward the same objectives. We enjoy having a place to meet and socialize with other socially responsible people, as opposed to most of the corporate or unenlightened world. Gandhi said those who think religion and politics don’t have anything to do with one another, don’t know much about politics, or religion. Each UU church is slightly different based on the size and interests of its membership. - Roland Rhoades

    I have been a Unitarian Universalist (UU) for a number of years; we are very involved in “saving the world” from corporate criminals. I view the UU un-Church as a refuge for people who hate regular church and the dogma of telling you what to believe. We have many Pagans, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, Humanists, and many of us are a combination of all the above, thinking for ourselves.

    I was very pleasantly surprised to discover The Maine Commons and Maine Indymedia this past spring at a benefit concert for Carolyn Chute. It was really encouraging to see an organized group of politically aware people in Maine. Click the link to see the on-line version of their statewide newspaper. I was also amazed at the politically conscious talent of folksingers David Rovics and Ethan Miller. I knew then that I had to make the UU churches aware of them and try to get the various progressive social action groups in Maine to coordinate activities wherever possible.

    I am currently a member of Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland (nickname A2U2), so I am presenting a news report of our activities. We are very active with Peace Action Maine. Of course, we organized for the very successful October 26 2002 antiwar rally in Augusta, and the minister of the Saco UU Church, Karen Brammer, even got her picture into the Portland Sunday Telegram. The UU Ministers Association also had an antiwar demonstration in Portland October 14. The election proves that we have much work to do in educating the public that US terrorism is not the answer, it just adds to the problem. We individuals may seem like snowflakes at times - completely insignificant in a hopeless task, but... which snowflake is the one that creates an avalanche, completely changing the landscape? We must persevere..

    The A2U2 Social Action Committee is also continuing it’s support of ASERELA, the Sudanese refugee community, support of the Preble Street Soup Kitchen, and holds monthly forums on social issues (public is invited). We had a speaker from Maine People’s Alliance update us on their work towards universal single-payer health care. And we have a good sized contingent at the Maine Gay Pride March each year also.

    We have also been holding weekly sessions reviewing the Praxis Peace Institute Conference which was held in Dubrovnik Croatia last June, complete with videos and audios of the presentations, hosted by a Yarmouth UU church member who went there. I have been glad to see that it deals with not only physical warfare, but also economic warfare in which the corporate system purposely creates a class system in America. We have also discovered at these sessions that there is a 50-million strong contingent in America that generally believes in peace and environmental issues, but is unorganized and unaware of each other. They have been dubbed “cultural creatives” and the website begins to organize these people who find the website (or the book), to let them know that they really are not alone in their beliefs. We could really get somewhere if we all worked together.

    On November 10, 2002 A2U2 hosted, and co-sponsored with the Maine Council of Churches, a demonstration of energy-efficient alternative transportation means with electric and gas-electric hybrid powered cars, and electric mopeds for people to test drive. It was very successful with hundreds of people attending. The event was covered by Portland TV stations and the Portland newspaper. The Toyota and Honda hybrid vehicles have plenty of pep and room and get 50-60 mpg. We also learned that they are self-charging, nothing to plug into special re-chargers, and the cost isn’t much more than any other new car. American carmakers seem to prefer their alliance with the oil companies. We are also promoting “Buy Locally” to reduce the amount of oil required to transport foods across the country. We also had a solar panel display, and representatives from Sierra Club, Greater Portland Metro which now has some electric buses, and many other organizations and agencies. The church service beforehand included a skit with Mother Earth showing how much pollution a trip to Boston causes (20 lbs of CO2 per gallon!).

About Roland Rhoades (copied from my Fuller Brush business website where I also try to open minds)

    My Fuller Brush income is giving me the financial freedom to enjoy other pursuits and hobbies when other people have to work at a job. I am spending more time on genealogy, tracing my family tree and assisting others with common surnames, especially the names French, Leavitt, Reynolds, Boardway/Boudway et al, Morgrage/Morgridge, and some other Maine families. My life partner since 1998 is Cyndy.

    I am also volunteering more time at church, actively participating in social justice causes. I believe one must have an open mind to have an open heart.  My church believes in a Higher Power with many names and messengers, according to the cultures of various parts of the world, and the value of every religion. Someone asked god why s/he doesn't perform major miracles anymore, and s/he replied "because every time I do, you people start a new religion and persecute all my other peoples, or tell them that they have to believe the same way that you think I'm telling you to believe."   I think that believing that your way is the only way, is at the root of the terror that we see in today's headlines. I strongly recommend, as life-changing books, "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn, "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield, and the "Conversations With God" series of books by Neale Donald Walsch.  I also recommend the website of an outstanding social justice songwriter and folksinger, .   If my beliefs offend anyone, that's your problem.  Peace and Love, Roland Rhoades.

See also: Why Hell doesn't exist and Why I became a UU at the "NO HELL?" link above.

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Standard Disclaimer: The opinions and views in this website may not necessarily reflect the views of all UUs, and are merely the statement of opinion of THIS UU activist.  I hope you will all visit a UU church near you and begin researching your own theology. Tell them you saw the HERETICS website.


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