Okay, you may be wondering how a Protestant Princess from New Jersey ended up an Atheist Unitarian Universalist in Kansas. The Atheist piece began when I was being confirmed in the Presbyterian church at the age of 12. The young assistant minister instructing the class told us that if a person is not baptized, s/he goes to hell. I asked what if the person is a new born baby and there is no time to baptize. The answer was the baby goes to hell. I was horrified, and I was done with the Presbyterians. No god of mine would do such a thing! My mom and I had a conversation about this. My mom (a very liberal, open-minded woman) encouraged me to think about it more. Out of respect for her, I thought about it for 20 years and came to the exact same conclusion: No way was I going to participate in what I consider a man made construct (no woman would send babies to hell) for social control, wealth, and power.
On my life journey, I discovered the Unitarians. A perfect fit for a social Atheist looking for some form of religious exposure for her two daughters. If you live in a predominantly protestant country you’ve got to know religious history to be a literate and educated person. I first found a Unitarian Fellowship in Plattsburgh, New York. It was like coming home. The members of that small Fellowship were so kind and loving to a young mother and her two little girls. Five years later when we moved to Wichita, I found the same loving community in First Unitarian Church of Wichita.*
I have been a member of First Unitarian Universalist of Wichita for 35 years. In the early years, I served mostly on the Religious Education Committee. In addition, I’ve served on the Board three times, once as President of the Congregation, and chaired the Stewardship Committee (a time or two). Currently, I am on the Membership Committee and serving on the Board.
*First Unitarian of Wichita became First Unitarian Universalist of Wichita in the 1990s.