"Robbie Walsh caught my eye with the phrase: ‘if you can prove it, then it’s not God; it’s something less than God’
This is a position I’ve taken personally for many years. I too get frustrated that others wish to tell me what I can or can’t feel, what my emotions and intuition tell me exist. I too get annoyed when, even fellow Ministers, try to explain my personal experiences.
For me, that defeats the whole purpose of my spiritual exploration. It attempts to negate that glorious freedom I have been given to explore my own response to the world – seen and unseen – and to reflect on how this shapes or troubles me. What I might change and what I might accept.
For Robbie Walsh, the beauty of God, or, as he puts it, the beauty of connection to the great creating, sustaining, transforming mystery – which you may or may not choose to call God – it is the beauty of the personal connection that provides the proof of something, if proof is needed.
And more importantly, the experience neither confirms nor refutes the ideas and experiences of others.
It just is.
Like all explorers, there is a personal experience that fulfils – the experience of others is interesting, but it does not connect. We need to find our own link, our own experience, our own fulfilment.
As Unitarians it is our intention to be a beacon of light in the community, to be a community ourselves, ready to embrace new members and fellow travellers on this journey through life.
We are a community, ready to embrace new members and fellow travellers on this journey through life.
And it is true. We are here to preserve, maintain, and continue the possibility of sanctuary, safe space, and freedom to explore, to anyone that recognises the importance of personal experience and commitment.
And that is a big offer. From a spiritual seeker’s perspective, the provision of space in this way is almost unique. We have no creed, no expectation of belief, no central spiritual doctrine around which we congregate. We gather around a flame of freedom, not words of certainty.
Really? Yes. Really. And that is the advantage."