My first encounter with UU was in the mid to late 1990s. (At that time, I was under the impression that UU was a “Broadminded Christian Church,” with a capital “C.”) I thought that the “Broadminded” explained the acceptance of a pagan group. Some UU members accepted us and some weren’t that friendly.
My second encounter with UU was about 20 years later when I met Rev. Carter. I was immediately impressed by his accepting attitude. I’ve felt welcomed and accepted since that time.
Prior to my first encounter with UU I was part of a pagan group who founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization titled “Wiccan Inspired Temple for Community Healing.” While that group was up and running, I served in several positions at different times, including but not limited to: an officer, founding member, trustee, and unpaid willing slave. I also taught classes in personal development, aura work, healing techniques, energy work, and some craft classes.
One of the many things that drew me back to First UU were some friends I met there before I left the first time. I appreciate that First UU is active in and supportive of human rights, women’s rights, and fighting against social injustice. I will do whatever I can to help support our UU church.