So what I am hearing you suggest is that we set aside our diversities and unite in opposition to a common enemy, those nefarious, negative and illiberal Samaritans of Christendom, the Fundamentalists, whom everybody hates anyway. If we sacrifice our inner conversation and focus outward on a mandate of positive values, our empire will flourish! People will recognize that we are the good, value-driven souls, and if they join with us in staying focused on the values, they will not have to attend to internal conflicts, either. Peace will reign! It's a catchy idea, but how does it square with Jesus' teachings?
I am tempted to repeat everything I have said in the last couple posts to show that Keith has reduced them to absurdity. Something about a proposal of an assertive Unitarian Universalism trying to promote liberal values strikes him as aggressive and unhealthy.
But let's turn to the teachings of Jesus. The ministry of Jesus was an embodied polemic against the theological trends of his time. It was agitational and it was aggressive. Scholars disagree about whether he was more angry with the Jewish orthodoxy of his time, or the Roman occupiers, or both, but no one doubts that he was pissed.
He did not stay home to befriend his inner Roman Jesus was trying to shape his culture. All religions attempt to shape the surrounding culture. They do so by influencing people on a personal level (what I call deciding to make the values of liberality the cornerstones of their lives, but Keith calls sacrificing our inner conversation), by building institutions (what I call healthy and thriving churches, but what Keith thinks is empire-building) and promoting beliefs and values in the culture at large, (which Keith scoffs at by equating it with being intolerant ourselves.)
I believe that liberal religion (which is a movement much larger than Unitarian Universalism) might have the impact on our culture in the next 20 years that conservative Christianity has had for the last 40 years.
If it does, we might see many of the things we wish for: real advances against racism and sexism, world-wide work to slow climate change, real efforts to reduce inequality, more peace, less war.