John Buehrens did a weekend workshop for us last weekend, and something he said caught my ear as relevant to the task of revising our worship practices:
The typical Unitarian-Universalist thinks “Since I’m one of the wisest and most discerning people I know, this church must have been just about perfect when I found it. Therefore, it shouldn’t change, or that would reflect poorly on my judgment.”
That’s human nature, of course, but it’s also a potentially grave problem for anyone trying to rethink our worship style, to find what still works and what is just kept around out of habit. For some, those habits amount to self-validation, and when we start to mess with them, we can hurt people. As with everything associated with worship, care and discernment are required.