Raised Unitarian Universalist, I have 'no problem with things that feel religious.'
“I was brought up Unitarian, and one thing that my friends and I talk about a lot is that it is comprised of all these people who are older who are coming from more organized religions with really set creeds and they are all freaked out by the idea of anything that feels religious. Whereas you have this group of young people who’ve been brought up UU who have no problem with things that feel religious like you feel when you go to a black church and everyone is singing, rocking out, or if you go into a huge cathedral and everything’s rising above you, and you can see all way up into heaven basically, those visceral reactions. I think that Unitarianism is pretty cerebral.”
Excerpt from a personal statement by Meg, the subject of one of seventeen portraits by Kate Gridley from her exhibition, Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults, 17 Oil and Sound Portraits, which the artist described in the Winter 2013 issue of UU World (pages 20-21).
This illustration appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of UU World with Kate Gridley’s essay “Passing through” (pages 20-21).
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Kate Gridley has lived and painted full time in Middlebury, Vermont, since 1991. She is a member of Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, where she and her husband co-lead the youth group.
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