Peacebang posted a short video taken at the UU Christian Fellowhip’s GA 2008 table. The speaker alleges that UUs at GA used to come up and challenge her, questioning why she would be there instead of off with the Methodists or some other more solidly Christian group. But apparently now people are more likely to approach her seeking information on how to learn about Christianity. In other words, there’s been an apparent shift from hostility or at least skepticism toward Christianity within UUism, toward a more open-minded, even curious attitude. Peacebang affirms that this has been her experience as well.
Even within the current year, there’s been another round of UU blogging about how Christians are excluded from UUism or at least made to feel unwelcome on some level (the most recent dust-up was over the use of the term “post-Christian” to describe UUism). So clearly there’s still plenty of anomosity out there, both toward Christians/Christianity and on the part of disgruntled UU Christians. But perhaps this is a case of the blogs not being terribly representative of the situation on the ground in the churches. It’s hardly a secret that some viewpoints are disproportionately represented online, as well as that people will exaggerate things in the virtual world of quasi-anonymity and few real world consequences.
What do you think? Have you seen evidence that Christianity is getting a fairer shake these days in UUism? Or do you think the opposite, that the profile of UU Christians has further deteriorated? Have you yourself changed your opinions about the place of Christianity in UUism (or your own life)?