Last month one of the quotes in my column came directly from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray who stated: “This is no time for a casual commitment to our faith.” That is a thought provoking statement worth discussing.
She was speaking about the many ways that Unitarian Universalists make a difference in the world. About how our efforts help change lives for the better, all while understanding we live in troubled times politically and economically. These are times when justice and compassion are hard to find for the disenfranchised, those who have somehow missed out or been cast aside as unworthy. For UUs who may feel discouraged about the current direction of our country, her words are a call to action.
There is a need for the prophetic voice of liberal religion that is Unitarian Universalism. It is a voice that speaks of inclusivity and building loving community. That message begins with affirming the inherent worth and dignity of everyone and concludes with the understanding that we are all connected.
When you look around you can see that there are big problems to be solved. You can also see you don’t have to do very much to make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. As troubling and perplexing as the world is today, it is never time to give up or give in on what you believe and value.
It seems if you are going to do a thing, a job, raise a family, learn a skill, that you should try to do it well. That is even more true depending upon how important something is to you. How worthwhile is it?
I love that UUs are a justice seeking people and we are engaged with our neighbors. I love that UUs show up to witness and speak truth to power. I love that I am responsible for my own faith journey.
So, in my case I hear the words of our UUA President as a reminder that the practice of one’s faith is not to be taken lightly. I would like to know what you think. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how the above quote speaks to you.
Living in Paradise,
Bryan Buck, UUCV Board President