Unitarians have interests in various faiths as sources of wisdom. Sometimes as Unitarians, they continue to practice a religion that was important in their family or include elements of other faiths that have appeal on their individual spiritual paths.
There are a number of people within the Unitarian community that consider themselves Christian but do not accept many basic beliefs of mainstream Christian churches. “We are non-creedal followers of Jesus rooted in the history and tradition of Unitarian Universalism.” This site explains more about the group.
John Mark Ministries offers a course in liberal Christianity for those interested in learning more about this religious viewpoint.
“We created this website because we believe the historical, Biblically documented teachings of Jesus Christ clearly show that Jesus is a Liberal.”
“Quakers, members of the Religious Society of Friends, are an active, involved faith-based community living in the modern world. We are a diverse people consisting of several distinct branches. We continue our traditional testimonies of pacifism, social equality, integrity, and simplicity, which we interpret and express in a variety of ways.”
Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life which integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life.
World Union for Progressive Judaism
The World Union for Progressive Judaism is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 45 countries. The practices of Progressive Judaism are anchored in Jewish thought and tradition. They seek to extend the range of observance by granting full equality to all Jews, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation, while challenging laws that are contrary to Judaism’s fundamental principles.
There are many sites about humanism on the Internet, but this may be one of the most interesting for Unitarians. Here are essays that should speak directly to the heart and mind of those who feel a deep need for a realistic, original and integral approach to spiritual development.
The New Reformation Network was established in 2004 in Johannesburg to create a spiritual home for people who accept the new worldview and can no longer embrace outdated church doctrines. The Network encourages open religious dialogue which reflects respect for the other and his/her viewpoints. It embraces Life and respects all living beings. It promotes an ethical life style of respect, care and encouragement
The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. This is a very active group with lots of educational materials.
Alain de Botton discusses in this TED video the idea that atheists can usefully adopt some concepts that have evolved over the centuries among religions groups without the baggage of doctrine.
Just a few of the beliefs of pantheists include reverence for Nature and the wider Universe, active respect and care for the rights of all humans and other living beings, and strong naturalism, without belief in supernatural realms, afterlives, beings or forces.
Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. Their faith developed in 19th century Iran. There are many similarities in the Baha’i and Unitarian views of our world.
In recent years, Unitarian Universalists have increasingly been drawn to explore Buddhist religious practices, especially seated meditation, in order to ground the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” that is one of the guiding principles of the UU tradition. Meditation invites a direct and immediate experience of reality and provides a balance to purely intellectual inquiry.
A Buddhist group which would like to follow in Buddha’s teaching and his footsteps. It is a comprehensive directory service providing all the resources of Buddhism and Buddhist from around world and trying to spread out buddhism worldwide. The purpose of their website is to provide basic information and practicing methods.
Buddhism for the modern world (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order)
The forms in which Buddhist truths are expressed always adapt according to circumstances. But the essence of Buddhism transcends culture and conditions. Now that Buddhism has come to the West, westerners are faced with the task of creating new and viable Buddhist traditions for the modern world. Over the last thirty years the FWBO has grown to be one of the largest Buddhist movements in the West, with centres and activities in many cities around the world.
John T. Bullitt responds to e-mail queries from people seeking answers to basic questions about Buddhism.
EARTH CENTERED SPIRITUALITIES
Ancient beliefs from the pre-Christian era as well as traditions and practices passed down from indigenous peoples are getting renewed attention from spiritual people. A few sites on this subject are listed below:
Nature’s Path (Celebrating UU-Paganism & Earth Centered Experience) This blog features articles from a variety of authors who reflect the span and depth of Pagan and Earth-Centered spiritual life.
There is great interest among Unitarians to reach out to the Islamic peoples to gain a better understanding of their world view. These sites below contain much information about their faith and viewpoints.