Nora Burns’ Faith Statement

Nora’s Coming of Age Credo.

Hello my name is Nora Burns and I’ve been attending this church since I was a baby. When thinking about my faith statement, I found it hard because some things I believe seemed like things that every person would believe. Some ideas seemed universal such as “good will toward man” or “treat others how you want to be treated”. I was trying to think of those ideas that were more personal to me.

When I was young, I believed in God. Now that I’m older I’m not sure what I meant by God. Looking back, I realize that I used to pray when I wanted something. God was like wishing or hoping for something. Now that I’m older, I realize there’s not some space fairy making all your dreams come true. Being human is harder than that; you have to do the work to make your dreams come true. I know that I have faith in my friends and family to be there when I’m in need which I think is more powerful than any prayer

I think our UU principles are very important and helpful and are one of the things I like about being a UU. When I began writing my credo, I was confused because I assumed that our principles were universal beliefs. Then I began considering our first two:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person

and

Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.

And I realized many people from other religions and cultures don’t respect every human being, or offer fair and kind treatment to all. Some religions or cultures teach that the LGBTQ+ community and individuals are bad, sinners, or choose to live an evil lifestyle. Some people cannot safely enter a bathroom. Conservative religions may preach “love thy neighbor” but don’t recognize all people as a neighbor.