Denial. Resistance. Discomfort. Defensiveness. Guilt. Fear. Paralysis. Anger. Sadness. Resignation. Commitment. These are places we may find ourselves as we move from cluelessness about racism to a degree of understanding and a pledge to be part of the solution.
Here are some links that might be useful as we journey toward a world where all people are valued and treated with dignity.and https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-sociologist-examines-the-white-fragility-that-prevents-white-americans-from-confronting-racism
One of the most important questions of our time: in a world of passionate religiosity and intense interaction, how will people from different faith backgrounds engage one another?
Steve K. leads us today.
Gossip is something we all have experience of. It is a form of communication that has been embraced by our cultures, starting in our schoolyards and continuing on to our senior years. Since it is so prevalent in our interactions it must serve a purpose or role. Yet it often causes harm or pain in its execution. As such we openly disparage and proclaim to reject the practice of gossiping. Thus far we do not seem to have found methods to stop gossip or transform it into healthy communication. Perhaps we do not have the inclination or the tools.
Carol H. leads us today.
PWR, Pacific Western Region, our region of UUA's organization. Carol B. is participating in a leadership training for leaders in our congregation. Her report may prove illuminating.
Carol B. leads us today.
Well, does God? Do we have one regarding a God, Creator, or Goddess?
Join Lee B. to explore this topic.
This is a four part series with this Sunday the first in the series.
Carol B.leads all four parts.
We Unitarian Universalists have inherited a magnificent theological legacy. In a sweeping answer to creeds that divide the human family, Unitarianism proclaims that we spring from a common source; Universalism, that we share a common destiny. That we are brothers and sisters by nature, our Unitarian and especially our Universalist forebears affirmed as a matter of faith: Unitarianism by positing a single God, Universalism by offering the promise of a shared salvation. – Forrest Church, Universalism: A Theology for the 21st Century, UU World
Through our direct experience, we ... may discover a profound sense of wonder about the gift of life and be led to gratitude, renewal of the sprit, and openness to the forces that create and uphold life. “Belief is many things,” said one of our modern leaders, A. Powell Davies, “and so is disbelief. But religion is something that happens to you when you open your mind to truth, your conscience to justice, and your heart to love.” In Unitarian Universalist congregations, we do not try to make one another fit a given pattern of experience. But we do discover together that there are religious dimensions in all our varied human experience.
For us, religious experience is direct and personal. It may be joyous – a transformative moment of awakening like being present at a child’s birth. Or it may be as painful as the birth itself or as wrenching as grief...Part of all authentic experience is deeply inward – beginning to trust what Channing calls “the power of God within.” But often it is dependent on the agency of others whose insight, courage, and love helps us expand our idea of what human life can be.
- A Chosen Faith, John A. Buehrens