REACH Fall 2001

Elderhood and Spirituality
Film as Theological Text

Adult to Child Story Telling
Answers to the GA Test of Knowledge
Excerpts from the Introduction of Essex Conversations
New UUA Online Resource for Congregations
A Pop Quiz
Religious Boxes
Unitarian Views of Jesus
Winter Festivals around the topic of light
Who wants to be a UU?

Code of Ethics Covenant
Employment Opportunities for Lay Religious Professionals
From the Office of Professional Development
No Tougher Issue
Religious Education: A New Vision
Shaping a Philosophy of Religious Education
We are a religious Education Program
Who Wants to be an RE Teacher

Families Matter Resources
Media Violence Research Update
Reflection Discussion Guide
Resources from the Dougy Center
Upcoming Titles from Beacon Press
Websites on Media choices for Families
When Children Learn

Halloween Giving for UNICEF

The Twelve Tips of Teaching
Religious Teachers Expectations
Sample Teacher Evaluation
Teacher Evaluation Form
Teacher Questionnaire
Teacher Recruitment Pitch

2001 Award-winning Intergenerational Sermon
Beatitudes for Earth Sunday
Christmas Prayer
Faith Hope and Love
Living our UU Principles
Meditation for Mother's Day
New Millenium
Readings for the Common Bowl
Stories for the Season
Recommended Hymns for Children and Youth
'Tis a Gift to be Loving
Your Gifts

About Young Adult Ministry
Annotated Resource List
Starting or Renewing a District Young Adult Ministry Committee

YPS Application

Index Page

Unitarian Views of Jesus

What do Unitarians believe about Jesus? The interested inquirer will find no single answer to this question.

Our traditional emphasis on personal integrity and our rejection of imposed dogma means there is room for a wide spectrum of responses. This pamphlet briefly presents the personal views and feelings of a number of contemporary Unitarians on what remains a topical religious issue.

Unitarians during the early Reformation rejected the doctrine of the Trinity as unscriptural, asserting instead the Unity of God and the essential humanity of Jesus. Jesus was seen as the supreme teacher and leader of humankind, and salvation was to be achieved through conforming one's life to his teaching, as the purest expression of God's will.

Over time the traditional Unitarian emphasis on the exercise of human reason caused Unitarians to cease to regard the Bible as the ultimate authority in matters of faith; during the 19th century in particular, it was becoming clear that the Scriptures could justly be subjected to textual criticism like other works of literature, while advances in scientific knowledge suggested a different view of the world and humanity from that presented in the Bible. Thus among Unitarians of today honest reflection on fundamental religious questions, illuminated by the insights gained from personal experience, the Judeo-Christian tradition, other faiths, science, psychology, poetry and literature, tends to be seen as providing the most credible approach to the personal spiritual quest. While acknowledging this diversity of influences many Unitarians continue to regard themselves as Christians first and foremost.

Whatever their theological perspective Unitarians attempt, in their style of worship and their community life, to combine a faith of personal integrity with a spirit of inclusiveness that draws strength from a willingness to share and learn from others.

The question of the centrality of Jesus offers a challenge to modern Unitarians to discover ways of drawing the best from traditions of the past, while discovering an ever deeper understanding and respect for the convictions of others in the present, thus opening ourselves up to fresh visions and insights of a better future. We seek to provide a creative alternative to the rigidity of dogma which encumbers so many branches of organized religion for, in the words of the Fourth Gospel, it is the spirit which alone gives Life.

Permission to reprint provided by Matthew Smith Information Officer
Unitarian Head-quarters, London, England

Fall 2001 Contents
Main REACH Page
UUA Main Page

Page last updated December 14, 2001
All material copyright © 2001 Unitarian Universalist Association