This will work quite well in the United States, though biblical Christian churches must flee from it like the plague. Of course, I think this is the opposite of historic Christianity, but I post the following dialogue to show you part of the “core-values” of many Americans who are “religious.” This kind of stuff makes the NYT bestseller list because most average Americans think in these terms.
Mr. F, is it true that you’re a minister?
Where’s your church?
-We’re standing in it.
But this is a bookstore and its a Friday.
-Yes, but you might also choose to see it as a cathedral of the human spirit – a storehouse consecrated to the full spectrum of human experience. Just about every idea we’ve ever had is in here somewhere. A place containing great thinking is a sacred space.
Really? Just what kind of minister are you?
And you hold services in bookstores on Fridays? You’re putting me on.
-No, but I am giving you an example of how Unitarian Universalists think. More than anything else, our religion is defined by an attitude. An open-minded point of view. About everything and anything…. A church is not just a specific building, but also a way of looking at the building you’re in at the moment. …A religion is not contained in a single book; there’s something religious in almost any book.
And so the conversation goes – it is America’s faith for sure, and this book (A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by John Buehrens and Forrest Church [Boston: Beacon Press, 1998]) talks about it in terms of awakening, experience, deeds not creeds, the cathedral of the world, and so forth. This is Thomas Jefferson + Socinus + liberalism + Emerson + a few traditional American values all wrapped up as a “faith” or “religion.”