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The magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Small Bites

by Aytaç Aydoğan Edwards

I have learned that
answers bring
further questions
so
I stopped looking
for ultimate answers.

I am no longer greedy
at this magnificent feast
of offerings.

Taking small bites suffice:
A sudden comprehension,
the tender touch of a hand,
the clouds,
the birds,
the sunflowers.

Printed in UU World, Fall 2014.

crossstreetchapelmcr:

Photos from Manchester Pride 2014, a great day, fantastic crowd and excellent number of Manchester Unitarians taking part, thanks everyone!

tulonski:

The Unitarian Church, Charleston, SC

tulonski:

The Unitarian Church, Charleston, SC

drwh0:

Since the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Unitarian Universalists in Missouri and elsewhere have participated in marches and vigils, collected food, and joined in calls for justice in investigating the teen’s death.
Daily protests of Brown’s death have ended several times with confrontations with police, who have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Looters have damaged local businesses, and the start of the school year was postponed.
In an August 20 statement, UUA President Peter Morales said, “The images from Ferguson, Missouri, are profoundly unsettling: tanks, tear gas, military weaponry for urban warfare, angry crowds. We immediately feel a mixture of shock, anger, dismay, helplessness, sympathy, and outrage. As religious people who are committed to compassion and justice, what are we to do?”
“Ferguson is not about Ferguson,” Morales said. “It is about the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America.” He encouraged UUs to “stand on the side of love with those seeking healing and some measure of justice,” and to “rededicate ourselves to the work of building a world where events like those in Ferguson are unthinkable.” (via uuworld.org : missouri uus hold vigils, collect food for ferguson)

drwh0:

Since the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Unitarian Universalists in Missouri and elsewhere have participated in marches and vigils, collected food, and joined in calls for justice in investigating the teen’s death.

Daily protests of Brown’s death have ended several times with confrontations with police, who have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Looters have damaged local businesses, and the start of the school year was postponed.

In an August 20 statement, UUA President Peter Morales said, “The images from Ferguson, Missouri, are profoundly unsettling: tanks, tear gas, military weaponry for urban warfare, angry crowds. We immediately feel a mixture of shock, anger, dismay, helplessness, sympathy, and outrage. As religious people who are committed to compassion and justice, what are we to do?”

“Ferguson is not about Ferguson,” Morales said. “It is about the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America.” He encouraged UUs to “stand on the side of love with those seeking healing and some measure of justice,” and to “rededicate ourselves to the work of building a world where events like those in Ferguson are unthinkable.” (via uuworld.org : missouri uus hold vigils, collect food for ferguson)

“Every religion forbids theft. Climate change is theft from our own children and from the most vulnerable people on the planet.”

—   Rev. Fred Small, Senior Minister, First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist (via uusc)

(Source: on.fb.me, via uusc)

“In a boot camp briefing we learned about the nuclear madness of the Cold War. The training instructor called it MAD, for ‘mutually assured destruction.’ If we knew it was madness, I wanted to ask, why didn’t we do something to change it?”

—   Bret Lortie, “The boots worked either way,” UU World, Fall 2014

"I find that Zentangling chalices, even when I do it in a more distracted mode, is a valuable spiritual practice for me. The chalices connect me back to Unitarian Universalism with every doodle."
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum, “Chalices, doodling, and meditation,” UU World, Fall 2014

 

UU World, Fall 2014

Things That Fire Does Not Forget

violetverdeau:

A Unitarian Universalist chalice lighting
From Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson

We kindle this flame
To remind ourselves
Of things that fire does not forget
How to fill the world with radiance and heat
How to burn with purpose and with passion
How to spread, lightning quick, when conditions are right
How to smolder, in our ashes, without ever dying out
And when the winds are high and the rains are hard
How to burn on just as brightly, in defiance of the storm