We UUs struggle with what it means to be religious in a context where many people conflate “religious” with “theologically conservative” or “socially conservative”. I’m working to reclaim my identity as a person of faith, as a person who is devotedly religious–but not unthinking, because that’s not how my faith works. It’s not how a lot of other faiths work, either, but sometimes we forget that. In many of our congregations “Catholic” or “Baptist” are code for “foolish” or “bad” which is not only wrong, it’s unconscionable and against our professed values. I spend a lot of time drawing on religious resources from those and similar traditions–partly to make a point, but mostly because there’s an awful lot of wisdom in there. I’m proud to be religious, and proud to stand beside religious people like these Baptists in Texas. This is our heritage, too–we are descended from common ancestors and we are not the only inheritors of the strong, articulate principled activist legacy. Practicing our principles is easier in supportive community–we could gain a lot from seeing support everywhere, and not just where we think we know to expect it.

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