By Lea MacNider
We are Unitarian Universalists. We are brave, curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are people from many backgrounds who have different beliefs, but shared values. Together, we create a guided path towards a better you and a better world. -UUA website
At the moment, I am sitting in front of my computer screen struggling to find the right message for this article. The election and the events of the Dakota pipeline have left me feeling sad, fearful, and angry but I don’t want to communicate despair. I find myself in a difficult place, a place where many others may be visiting yet I know that we must avoid getting caught up in all the swirling emotions and lose sight of the power and strength that our UU faith provides us.
But how to process this? And where to begin to make change? First, we must not let the noise of fear distract us from living our Unitarian Universalist values. Let us breathe and remember that our seven principles guide and direct us. Let us recognize the good works promoting economic and environmental justice and rights at risk are happening right now in our faith. This work continues.
And in our own beloved congregation we are living our principles by reaching out into the community providing food and meals and working to protect our environment. A Social Justice committee is forming and we have begun working with other congregations on the UUA Study topic on Corporate Greed. We have so much good happening here. We are blessed by a congregation of amazing people that believe in these seven UU principles.
We have suddenly awakened to a new world and we are called to demonstrate our commitment, strength and moral principles drawing from our faith and our community. There is more we can do and as we step forward into this reality, we will discover and work together to express love and justice and create positive change in the world.
As the Talmud says, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”
Our church is a house of hope and hospitality.
Our church is a harbor of refuge and a beacon in the storm.
Our church holds the faith of brave adults.
Our church holds the dreams of children who are wise and strong.
Our church is built on love, and its open arms can hold us all.
I light the chalice for the light we shine together. UUA chalice lighting words
Together on our Journeys,