Back to Unitarian Universalism: what is important about us is not what we believe, but how we act. Ah, this is extremely refreshing, and actually it reminds me of the book of James where faith is known by its actions. One of the amazing consequences is there are UU atheists and UU theists and they get along in the same religion! Quite interesting: a religion that accepts rationalists and atheists. I guess it comes down to members not needing to agree in what they believe but rather in what they value.
Someone asked me what UU sermons are if they don't have doctrines. Well, actually not having doctrines is actually a great benefit. Teachings cannot be justified based on a doctrine. Instead truth has to be discovered on its own terms. Actions aren't evil because they are condemned by a verse in the Bible, but rather because of the harm they cause to humans. And UU communities are just like other communities with the same struggles and joys, and the need for encouragement and guidance. So I find that I don't cringe during sermons as I used to when I hear specious arguments justifying doctrines. Instead I find a much greater sense of humility in UU sermons along with empirically based teaching.