There’s a saying among some Protestants that when one of their own becomes a Roman Catholic he or she “has crossed the Tiber.” Orestes Brownson, at different times a Unitarian and Universalist minister, but most famous as a Roman Catholic lay writer is an example.
What about Unitarian Universalists “going over” to the United Church of Christ? (Their headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Cuyahoga River flows into Lake Erie.) I have spoken in the last week to four different Unitarian Universalists in different settings about plans or discussing logistics about transferring to the UCC.
Oh, I won’t say whom, even between those four. It is a sensitive and private matter after all, and frought with emotion. For a long time, “going over” left those (Unitarian Universalist Christians) who remained with another time of self-doubt and self-recrimination. That seems to be changing. But four? I’ll make five, sooner or later.
Is there something in water?