Naturally Supernatural

Unitarian Universalists draw on many sources for our faith including the “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” Okay. But what does this mean, especially in light of the fact that Unitarian Universalism is deeply linked to humanism, rationalism, and atheism? Since Unitarian Universalism tends to shy away from the supernatural, how do we explain these direct religious experiences which appear to be ‘universal’? Professor DeConick engages these questions and more as she shares her insights as a religious studies scholar about mysticism, religious experiences, and our natural cognitive abilities.