One of the great things about attending a Unitarian Universalist congregation is the way we all support each other on our varying spiritual paths. Since we are non-evangelical and avoid group doctrines and dogmas, we are able to support and encourage each other without preaching at one another. Thus, we are often able to see things from a perspective that we would miss if we only associated with others of our own faith. I love this aspect of our congregation.
However, there is also a downside to following this path. Sometimes we miss out on fellowship with others who see spiritual things the same way that we do. This is important for our growth in our own faith. As a Noahide, it is easier for me than for some to get the best of both worlds. Since our services are on Sunday, I can easily catch the Friday night Synagogue services without interfering with our Sunday morning services. This does, however, require online Synagogue attendance for me, not having a local one.
A few months ago I learned that there would be a Noahide retreat in Pigeon Forge Tennessee in July, and it was an easy decision for me to attend. Ramona and I needed a vacation, and I needed some one on one time with people who saw the world through theological terms similar to my own. We were able to go and experience a very refreshing time of rest, relaxation, and fellowship.
Rabbis Tovia Singer and Chaim Goldberg traveled all the way from Israel to address our meeting. So you’re probably thinking there must have been thousands of us there, right? Not exactly. There were between 30 and 40 people in attendance. We felt very blessed to receive the attention of such high profile Rabbis for such a small gathering.
Most importantly, it was nice to be able to network and fellowship with people of like mind. Of course, many of them are without a religious home, so I told them about Unitarian Universalism, and what our congregations have to offer for religious misfits like ourselves.
It’s good to be back home, but I will never forget the great time we shared in Pigeon Forge. I’ll be posting some pictures and videos from the event on my Facebook page for anyone who is interested.