Service March 5, 2023

My Journey to Freedom; Finding Unitarian Universalism – with Reverend Ernie Mills


John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, once described himself as a “one-book man.” That one book, of course, was the Bible. Being a third generation United Methodist, I too, like Wesley, became a “one-book man.” In 1983 I was ordained a United Methodist minister eager to teach and preach the Bible.

But something happened in those early years that would change the course of my life. One evening I happened to turn the TV on just as PBS was introducing a program called “The Power of Myth,” an interview between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell. It was my first introduction to comparative myth and religion and it opened up a whole new world for me. I realized I could no longer be a “one-book man.” It was not easy letting go of that one book but I realized now that
it was a liberating experience. Fortunately, on my journey toward freedom I found a place that encourages a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” and a community that is “grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith”; Unitarian Universalism.

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