Senior Minister’s Welcome
Greetings and welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA for short).
Every Sunday at worship, I close with the following words:
May the love which treasures all differences,
which heals all wounds,
which puts to flight all fears,
which reconciles all who are separated,
be in us and among us,
now and always.
Love is at the center of our vision here at UUCA. We are fellow travelers on the journey of life, searching for and finding the way home.
As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, our emphasis is on seeking out the truth from wherever it is to be found. We are not limited to just the Christian scriptures. Truth is available in all the world’s great religions, in science, in literature, in the arts, in the world of nature. Unitarian Universalists follow the dictates of reason, intuition, and experience in fashioning spiritual lives of depth and integrity. Community is key to this.
Unitarian Universalism’s open-arms embrace of religious diversity can be viewed as an outgrowth of its historical origins in Christianity. Christianity teaches us that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Everyone has inherent worth and dignity, not just some. Over time, Unitarian Universalists felt called to add to this as follows: “There is neither gay nor straight, there is neither Christian nor Buddhist, there is neither atheist nor theist, there is neither black or white” and on and on. We believe all are one in the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Love, which bears all things, hopes for all things, endures all things, is greater than faith, greater than hope, never ends. Love wins.
When I pray, I often like to conclude with the following words: “In the names of all those who have given their lives in the service of humanity.” Justice is holy work. We are a justice-seeking people. UUCA has a distinguished history in this. It was the first integrated congregation in Atlanta. It continues to work on behalf of women’s reproductive rights, economic justice, antiracism and multiculturalism, and many other justice issues.
A little about me: I grew up in Alberta, Canada and moved to Texas when I was 12. I’m a former college professor of philosophy, and my lifelong passion is figure skating. Currently I compete in ice dancing. Ordained in 2004, my first ministry involved planting a new kind of Unitarian Universalist church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, called Pathways. Since 2007, I have been Senior Minister of UUCA.
Organized in 1883, UUCA is as vital as ever. Whoever you are, whatever path you are on, you are welcome here. It’s the best place to be on a Sunday morning in Atlanta!
Rev. Anthony Makar, Senior Minister