It is essential to experience learning about other major religious traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. As well, learning about wisdom traditions not normally called “religious” – Buddhism, Native North American wisdom, and so on – is also vitally important.
As children reaching school age, we begin to understand the difference between our own Unitarian Universalism and important traditions we encounter every day. As we grow into adolescence and become adults, we can learn about traditions from all around the world, as well as those in our own local communities.
We absorb information about the beliefs of others from the media and culture around us, and in school Monday to Friday. Sunday schools and adult classes in our Unitarian Universalist congregations add to this learning. In particular, the congregation can provide a learning experience where we come to understand other traditions in a respectful and realistic way. And the congregation can help us contrast our Unitarian Universalism with the beliefs of others.