I very much resonate with the principles, the vibe and the people at the UU church I have been visiting, but the regular minister as well as the visiting minister are not at all impressive, in my opinion. How much should that matter?
The regular minister’s method of speaking is to ask questions he already knows the answers to and elicit all kinds of incorrect responses from the congregation before he finally tells us the right answer. That annoys me when teachers do it and it annoys me when preachers do it.
The visiting minister’s style is to drone on and on until I want to fall asleep (ironically her sermon was about listening). Her mechanical sing-song rhythm combined with her tired, cliché messages (I’m pretty sure we know already that we have to keep quiet with an open heart to actually hear someone) are the opposite of inspiring. If you’re going to remind people of something they already know, for heaven’s sake throw in some new, fresh angle or compelling characters or amazing story, or at least deliver it with passion.
I thought I’d finally found a church home, but now I feel I’m back to square one.
Do you have a church home or other spiritual community? How much do you like the leader? How much should your like or dislike of the leader impact your attachment to the congregation?