with Dan Hotchkiss

Saturday, April 4     9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Online:  See Details Below

What does it mean to have faith?

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In casual conversation, faith and belief are often synonyms. But faith is not the same as belief. We believe in propositions like “God exists” or “People are basically good.” But faith is our choice of whom or what to trust. Belief is a condition of the head; faith is a condition of the heart. Unitarian Universalists often say we are a religion of “deeds not creeds.” We care less about what people believe than what they do. But actions flow at least as much from faith as from beliefs. So it’s worthwhile to ask, “What does it mean—for us—to have faith?”

Future sessions:

5/2/2020. [skipped]

6/6/2020. What does it mean to be free?

What is Living in the Questions? One Saturday morning most months, Dan Hotchkiss hosts an opportunity to learn and talk about religious questions. Drawing insights from a variety of sources, including art, religious traditions, science, and philosophy, we support and challenge one another in group conversation. You are welcome to attend when you can and skip when you must. If you’re at all interested, please subscribe to the group mailing list. Each month, Dan will send some optional advance reading and a follow-up reflection. The list is open to everyone, even those who don’t attend!

Rev. Dan Hotchkiss — author, workshop leader, coach, and consultant—is well known to leaders of churches and synagogues across North America. A member of the First UU Church of Middleboro, Dan majored in religious studies at Oberlin and graduated from the Harvard Divinity School. Leading Living in the Questions is Dan’s way of returning to some of the basic questions about life, faith, and history that have always fascinated him.



Like so much else, Living in the Questions has been pushed out of real life and onto the internet. We’ll meet by Zoom, which is quite easy to use. Here are several options:

  1. If you have a computer with a microphone, simply follow this link: Your browser will open and instruct you to install the Zoom app, and you’ll be in business.
  2. You can do the same thing with most smartphones and tablets.
  3. If you don’t have a computer or prefer to simply use a phone, you can do that as well. Call 646-876-9923 and enter the Meeting ID: 970 657 582. You’ll be able to do everything but see and be seen.
  4. You can use your computer for video (see 1 and 2 above) and your phone (see 3 above) for sound. That works fine as well! 

I’m an experienced Zoom user and am happy to do a trial run with anyone who is new to it. Just drop me an email at and I’ll set up a time with you.


Coming soon:


Hosted by

Carleen Loper, Sandy Smiley & Rev. Sarah Person

If you have been looking for a good place to explore the complexity of race and society, please join us for five sessions of in-depth, guided conversation. In these times, it is as important as ever that we educate ourselves and understand how we might play a role in both the problems and solutions. We will be reading selections from books, watching videos related to the topic, and sharing our own experiences.

Light refreshments will be served.

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