AA & UU - spirit

Sunday, November 27, 10:30am
Hotel Aldea or https://zoom.us/j/414604040/ Password: 294513
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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday Service

Speaker: Gene H.

By Joseph Plummer, UUFSMA Board Secretary

Do Unitarian-Universalist beliefs and practices inspire misunderstandings about Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step groups? That concern has persisted ever since the monthly magazine UU World reported in 2004 that about twenty percent of UUs believe that AA is over-religious and thus unacceptable, ineffective, and even repellent to those responding to a poll at the time. This is curious given the intertwined history of Unitarianism and alcohol for over 150 years in the United States.

UUFSMA member Gene H., this Sunday’s guest speaker, will discuss why temperance-minded Unitarians reversed course during the 1920s and began to foster congregations that gather for circle dinners, wine-tasting tours, and margarita parties. What brought about that spiritual rebranding? Did UU history truly diverge from its abstemious past? Where does UU theology differ from and where does it conform to AA principles?

Gene H. is a member of both the UU and AA communities in San Miguel de Allende, and he has discovered common ground between them while also recognizing their differences. “And, yes,” he says, “we’ll talk about the God issue.”

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal faith inviting its community to gather around a set of harmonizing values and principles for living. Our Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Belief in a divinity is not the central issue around which we gather. Rather, we come together with a belief in community, love, compassion, social justice, and reverence for nature, all within the interconnected web of existence.

UUFSMA donates generously to support nonprofit organizations that provide health, educational, and environmental services for underserved communities in the San Miguel region. Please support this work by clicking on the website home page Donate button.

To participate online in our Sunday Service, visit www.uufsma.org and click on the Zoom Service button on the home page. If requested, enter password: 294513. Sign-in from anywhere Sunday mornings between 10:15-10:25 am CST. Enjoy previous services at https://www.youtube.com/UUFSMA. While continuing online services, UUFSMA has returned to in-person Sunday services. Reservations are not required.

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