The inherent worth and dignity of the individual is not just our First Principle as Unitarian Universalists: often it is our defining principle. But we frequently overlook another strand of our tradition in our Association’s Principles and Purposes, another story about ourselves that can deepen and grow our future. It is not the language of individualism…but of covenant: “As free congregations we…promis[e] to one another our mutual trust and support.
Unitarian Universalists are a people engaged in the perpetual search of truth and meaning. What any one of us knows and has experienced is only one piece of the truth. Let us open ourselves to what we can learn from each other, as well as from those we have yet to meet.
God is here in this tree, up there in that star, in the kiss you gave Grandma. Divine Spirit resides in stories of Jesus and every other teacher of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
To the casual eye we Unitarian Universalists are a Protestant church. But listen to the word preached, listen to the conversations in coffee hour, and something else becomes quickly, startlingly obvious. What is it? What is our healing message? To what are we pointing, to what are we being beckoned, within our gatherings?
My hope is that my ministry, along with all that science is learning, will open minds and hearts to the possibility of these relationships. You may not want a dog in your house, but look at all we’re learning. Likewise, there needs to be room that not everyone is going to have that kind of bond and don’t have to.
Sometimes I think my soul will float in an ocean of love. Will I recognize old friends, family, who have gone on ahead? I don’t know. I think I will know they are there. I will know this: there is not now, nor was the ever, any separation between us. I will know that they were with me as strongly when I was alive as when I’m part of the leaves.