Unitarians and Universalists have traditions hundreds of years old. The name Unitarian originally came from the belief in the “unity” of God rather than a Trinity. The name Universalism originated with the belief in “universal” salvation, the idea that everyone will be saved and no one is eternally damned. Unitarians and Universalists merged in 1961. Contemporary Unitarian Universalism has no creed and is an alternative to creed-based religions. The most fundamental of its principles is individual freedom of religious belief.
Sermon Topics: The Rev. Dr. Calen Rayne presents interactive worship services, including “old Time Buddhist Gospel Hour,” for Unitarian Universalist congregations of all sizes, weaving teachings from ancient teachings with common sense answers and approaches to some of the more profound questions raised by our rapidly changing society.
Rev. Dr. Rayne is a member of the UU Society of Community Ministries.
With his Pentecostal/Southern Baptist roots, Calen has developed a presentation that some have referred to as “Evangelical UU.” Worship services speak to our UU Principles and topics suggested by the host congregation. Worship services Calen has presented include water communion, Hiroshima observance, Labor Day, Samhain, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, and Flower Communion. Most gospel hour services include 4-6 pieces of music, and the host church is welcome and encouraged to provide singers for the presentation.