I recall being about twelve years old when I felt the call to ministry. After completing high school, I was fortunate to be given a scholarship to attend Stetson University.
Something unforeseen happened along the way to becoming a representative of God. I lost my faith, not only in God’s word, but also in God (at least the Judeo-Christian God).
I finished my studies, which I enjoyed immensely, but I knew I was not going to be a minister, at least not a Southern Baptist minister. For about ten years after my faith crumbled I wandered…wandered from job to job in social work, town to town and eventually returned to Jacksonville. I began attending the Unitarian Universalist Church (UU) in the Arlington area and have been a UU since 1987. Eventually, I did become a minister.
So why am I sharing this anecdote from my life? My reason for wanting to share this was that after wandering for ten years, I realized how much I missed church. Yes, even as an atheist I still missed church for the reason that church had been such a big part of my life growing up. I loved, and still love, the aspect of community that church offered. It is also the reason I went on to become a UU minister thus fulfilling the calling that I mentioned earlier when I was just a boy of twelve.
Chances are, if you are reading this, you are spiritually wandering, and church has been a part of your life in one way or another. You may be at the beginning of your spiritual journey or well down the path. In any event, we invite you come and be a part of our community while you travel this journey. After all we are all travelers on a spiritual journey. The purpose of BBUUC and my mission as the minister of this congregation is to offer compassion and community to all those who wander whether they are theist, deist or atheist, believer or agnostics, hetro or homosexual, young or old, black or white, etc, etc, etc…
So the only question I have for you is “would you like a companion as you wander?” As traveling writer Tim Cahill once said, “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.”