UU New Year’s resolution: less judgement, more curiosity


    By Dean Cerny
    Special to The PREVIEW
    On Sunday, Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m., the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) invites you to a novel New Year’s service. This will be one of two services a year dedicated to asking the pastor any religious, spiritual or theological questions you may have.
    What is it you have been curious to ask but have never been given the opportunity to do so? Bring your legible (anonymous or not) questions on a note card or piece of paper. Any and all questions will be entertained.
    This will be a “dialogical” service (you may want to ask what the heck that means) wherein truth will be sought through open questioning, not necessarily finalized answers. Let us set the intention for our new year together by honoring the unofficial PUUF motto: “More curiosity, less judgement.”
    Dean Cerny’s interest in religious concepts has always been motivated by his passion to question religious orthodoxy. This reasoned approach led him to obtain an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Arizona State University and a master of arts degree in religion and theology from United Theological Seminary in Minnesota. Of prime interest to Cerny is the relationship between religion and spirituality wherein religion serves as a language to articulate spiritual experience.
    Cerny lives with his partner of 39 years, John Ehlert, and their three dogs in an off-grid home in rural Kanab, Utah. Cerny serves as part-time pastor at PUUF, leading services twice each month and is a part-time resident of Pagosa Springs.
    PUUF is a caring, inclusive fellowship dedicated to spiritual growth, justice and serving the needs of our larger community. As a Welcoming Congregation, we invite everyone to share in our faith community. We cherish diversity and foster a safe environment for all.