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Unitarians’ circle drawn to include critics

Unitarians’ circle drawn to include critics

I cannot address the complaint about FCAT made in the letter to the editor of July 22. I am not well enough informed about the internal workings or politics involved in FCAT.

However, even though I am a relatively new member of the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, I would like to respond to the comments made about UUCM. I am speaking from my own experience. Because we value diversity and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, I believe every member of our congregation might respond somewhat differently. It is true the Unitarian Universalists do include homosexuals among their membership as well as heterosexuals. We value the inherent worth and dignity of every person. I believe that includes all people. In an effort to live by that principle, all people regardless of life style preference, race, color or creed, are equally welcome.

We welcome liberals and conservatives, as well as Democrats, Republicans and all other persons regardless of their political orientation.

In our efforts to be open-minded to support justice and equity we also welcome those who may be less open-minded. We have a strong desire to understand and to come from a place of love and compassion in our human relationships. We strongly believe in peace, justice and liberty for all. Because this is the basis of our philosophy, along with respect for the rights of each individual, our doors are open to those who are intolerant, judgmental and prejudiced. We have no need to change their mind; we do have a need to respect their thoughts, beliefs and ideas.

In closing, I would like to state we are not tolerant or accepting of, nor do we condone, disrespectful, degrading or violent behavior towards individuals or groups.

I am not a formal spokesperson for UUCM. The above reflects my experiences and understanding as a member of the UUCM community.

Ruth Ghio

Grass Valley

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