In his sermon yesterday, Rabbi Shaman told of a woman at another UU church who had stood up and announced the oft-heard "I'm a UU and I never knew it" and the rarely-if-ever-heard, "and I love God!"
"I love God." Wow. Just when I think I'm pushing boundaries, someone comes up and pushes the boundaries a mile from me. I love it!
It sounds like at many of our churches (definitely mine), we are becoming more comfortable with using the "G word," understanding that it encompasses a lot of different ideas.
But how would your church respond if someone said, "I love God"? Would they recoil? Giggle? Direct the person to the closest Unity or UCC church?
I thought about the phrase in terms of my own life. Would I personally say "I love God"?
Hmm. Well, it's not something I've done in a long while. Why is that?
Part of it is my feelings about anthropomorphizing God. My understanding of God is moving closer and closer towards God as a verb, which I guess means I'm moving towards process theology. Which is a little strange, since I have yet to hear a description of process theology by a process theologian that didn't send me running for a dictionary, thesaurus, and slide rule.
Can you still buy slide rules?
Where was I? Oh yeah, loving God.
So how much of all that is me splitting hairs? I mean, I "talk" to God. It is always with the underlying belief that the God I am envisioning is a metaphor for the transcending mystery, for that which is beyond my comprehension.
Dude, the Christians at school just call that the "ineffable God." Not too different.
I love life. I love the interconnections of everything and everyone. I love the inspiration that seemingly comes from nowhere, that leads to scientific advances, art, greater understanding.
Do I love God?
Gonna have to ponder that.