Um... you can say something funny and irreverent about Jesus/prayer/Communion and I won't get mad. Promise.There's one!
There are lots of different kinds of Christians, I happen to know a good number who are not only NOT intolerant jerks but are very accomodating to a non-christian UU - They're called my seminary classmates.
See? I knew they were out there...CCwho is having a rough night. Ignore her.
My friend Jen, who is a Christian and has spent the last decade or so working on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS. When she's in the U.S., she's doing public health work and running fundraising marathons; when she's not in the U.S., she's helping orphans in South African and Cambodia. And she is so much fun -- loves to dance, and she's the one who got me to go on my first (and so far only) camping trip.People like her completely humble me. I think that's what the Episcopalians have in mind when they say that instead of directly evangelizing, Episcopalians should live in such a way that people approach *them* to find out what has made them so joyful.
Repeat after me: "Not all Christians are intolerant jerks. Not all Christians are intolerant jerks. Not all Christians are intolerant jerks." Did that help? :)No? It is hard for me too. But then, I read Spong, the author of Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalists. I haven't met a born-again or fundamentalist that couldn't be described as a "jerk." But, not all Christians are fundamentalists.
I used to have a friend who was a Catholic nun. She was 24 and a hoot. I called her Sister Silly. (Her name was Sister Sylvia Marie.). When we went to an Earth Fair together she greeted the booth full of Hindu nuns as long lost sisters -- she said they were the same as her; "fellow religious" was the phrase she used. She seemed to think that a nun is a nun -- if you have dedicated your life to God, it didn't matter what you called God.
Maybe you could check out Into Great Silence, the documentary about an ascetic [that actually sort of minimizes it!] monastery in the French Alps. It's an awfully compelling film, and the monks don't come across as at all intolerant.Of course, they're silent for about 99% of the film. ;-)Really, it's a great film. Highly recommended.
Well if it will make you feel better CC I will hereby acknowledge that not *all* U*Us are intolerant jerks. . .
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