Our UUA congregations across the continent, and the individuals within them, have a variety of theological foundations. Some are strongly anchored in our Humanist roots, others achieve meaning through a study of our Christian history, while still others have grown in recent years from concerns for our ecology and earth-centered spirituality. With this diversity across the continent, how is our conception of religious community enhanced by our governance through congregational polity?
- "The idea of absolute or total independence, congregation by congregation, is impossible insofar as the principle of congregational polity must itself be agreed on by a collectivity of congregations." [That is, "congregational polity" is a covenant. See also point 3.]
- "We need a new or renewed doctrine of the church—a conception of religious community that is integral, not incidental, to our total theological understanding."
- "The essential function of the congregation (the locally gathered, self-governing religious community) is to link the person to the universal religious community."
- Is the concept of a religious community beyond the congregation one that is understood in your congregation?
- How is it made present?
- Do you think that there is such a thing as a universal religious community?
- What is it that such a community would share?