This morning I happened upon an interesting story in the LA Times cleverly titled “Doubt Is Their Co-Pilot.” Apparently there is a group of people across our nation meeting over the internet and in coffee shops calling themselves Universists. It’s sort of a religion but then again it’s sort of not. Really, it’s a group of people who aren’t sure what to believe about God and so they formed a group with other people who were unsure. The group’s founder, Ford Vox, founded the “religion” because he missed the sense of community he found in the church of his youth.
How a “religion” that’s only belief is that they’re uncertain about everything can meet the needs of our nation I’ll never know. What it tells me is that there are people out there who want to be part of a community that cares. More than that, they want to be part of a community that is open to discussing doubts and uncertainties. If we, the church, were more open with ourselves and others about our struggles and doubts, I think many of these people would find what they’re seeking. It’s obvious to me we are failing our communities and it’s time we started to do something about it. We need to be real. We need to be relevant. We need to be available.