I'm a Unitarian Universalist now. Unitarian Universalists are cool.
Okay, so I haven't officially joined a congregation, but I've been going to a local fellowship since May, and so far I'm loving it! I've been reading about the UUs for a few months, but I never had the courage to go to the local UU fellowship until a few months ago. I thought it might be too weird. Surprisingly, I've really adapted, and the more I attend the UU fellowship, the more it fits like a glove. In fact, I can think of five reasons why I feel like I'm in the right place right now:
1. No dogma. Unitarian Universalism is non-creedal faith, which means that you can believe anything you want. Most UUs tend to be pantheistic and humanistic (I label myself as both), but you will also find Buddhists, pagans, and even atheists who identify themselves as UU.
2. Social justice. I know I'm going to sound like hipster, but when it comes to social justice, UUs have been doing that shit long before Brian McLaren and the Emergent Christians made it cool. Throughout history UUs have participated in the abolition of slavery, the women's suffrage movement, the civil rights movement, environmentalism, and the marriage equality movement. Speaking of which . . .
3. Queer affirming. The UUs have opened their doors to LGBTQ people long before progressive Christians. It's not even a "controversial issue" for UUs. LGBTQ families are treated just like heterosexual families.
4. Coffee hour. After service there is a coffee hour where the congregation drinks coffee and chats with one another. It is a great way to get to know people. Plus anytime coffee is a part of church, I'm all in!
5. Welcoming congregation. This is probably the most important part. If you're worried about not fitting in, don't worry. They'll make you feel at home.