ERIC Number: ED337837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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Unitarian Universalism as a Movement.
Chandler, Daniel Ross
this paper uses an interdisciplinary research methodology to engage the resources provided by the humanities and the liberal arts in a discourse analysis of Unitarian Universalism. The paper describes Unitarian Universalism as a contemporary religious-rhetorical movement and distinctive persuasion which nurtures an evolving, enriching religious perspective that addresses humanity's existential experience, encourages strong interpersonal relationships, and requires effective communication. Following an introduction, the paper is in 14 sections: (1) Unitarian Universalism as a Contemporary Religious-Rhetorical Movement; (2) The Free Church in a Changing World; (3) Review of Research; (4) Values Inventory; (5) Churches and Fellowships as Institutions; (6) Preaching; (7) Language and Communication; (8) Communicative Symbols; (9) Sacraments as Communicative Acts; (10) Prayer as Communication; (11) Worship as Communication; (12) Music as Communication; (13) Mass Media Communication; and (14) Conclusions. The paper concludes that Unitarian Universalism describes genuine religion as a qualitative dimension pervading human experience and existence that requires symbolic expression; recognizes that religious response requires symbolization although differences characterize the poetic-emotive language and the objective-scientific language; and demonstrates that instrumental music and the performing arts provide additional languages that enrich religious communication and celebration. Ninety-eight notes are included. (SR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Unitarian Universalist Association
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