THIS PIECE IS A CONTINUATION OF “CAN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM SURVICED? FOUND IN THE CATEGORY “RELIGIOUS COMMENARY/MINISTRY.”

A colleague asks on Facebook  if I think that all “hyphenated” faith designations. such as “Jewish Unitarian” are a “bad thing.”

I don’t say that it is a “bad thing.” I simply believe that it is, for me, an indication that for the “hyphenators” something is apparently missing in the spiritual life of their congregation. Roman Catholic converts to Lutheranism do not refer to themselves as RC-Lutherans. And why do non-Jews attend Seder Services and High Holy Days? What are they missing? I don’t say that hyphenators don’t have good stufF in their bags. I happen to think that in many cases they do.  I just wonder whey they have to bring the bags into the UU church–excuse me, Fellowship. Society, Parish?
I’m reminded of a passage from Emerson’s Diviity School Address (frequently) And now let us do what we can to rekindle the smouldering fire on the altar..” He went on to say that we should develop a “cultus” of our our, our own celebrations, or own rituals.” In short, he was saying we need to go home from church with a sense of having worshipped–without having had to interject a ritual from a former faith in which we *did* have a sense of worship. I think many people feel that Unitarian Universalism is, in several ways, like a good stew–but it needs salt. “And if the salt has lost it’s savor….”
And let me say this while I’m at it: I believe that rather boggling their minds with some new radical understanding of theology, seminary students should have the Divinity School address on their iPods and play it every night in their sleep until they understand what their mission is all about. A newly-installed professor at Meadville-Lombard School of Theology says in an essage that theology is not about us but about what we *do.” Saints preserve us. I think Bonfhoeffer would have had a difficult time untangling that conundrum.  Students will know what to do with a theology when they have one
(or not).
And has any revisioner of school of theology curricula ever sat down with twenty or thirty congregations and asked *them* what *they* need to learn, hear and experience from their ministers?