Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Afraid to lose ourselves

Be the change you want to see.
What we need is a world that operates by the values of liberality: openness, reverence, honesty, humility, gratitude and generosity, self-possession, solidarity. We need a world where people live honestly and lovingly in a mutual atmosphere of respect and solidarity.
We have to find, and inspire and activate the people who are willing now to live into the future -- who are willing to be the change that they want to see.
Those people are everywhere, in every city and town, in every ethnic and cultural group, of every religion, of every economic and social class. They are men and women and both and neither. They are gay and straight and all kinds of queer.
They are already living into a better future for us all, leaving aside the values of the grim and indifferent world that seems to be dominant now, but is dangerous and doomed.
But they need inspiration and support.
Unitarian Universalism is a faith community of mutual inspiration and support. It is only now growing into its possibility.
Its job now is to catalyze that world wide coalescence of people who can be persuaded to live by the virtues we need for a humane society. Our job now is to inspire people, especially to inspire ourselves to the reverence by which we hold the Earth and her people as sacred and worthy of awe and wonder. It is our work now to also hold us in our inevitable failures of judgement, nerve and courage, and let us start again. We are to be a community and a means of grace, and even a source of salvific knowledge, for it is not immediate obvious that this world is in the process of being reclaimed through us, by a power greater than us.
The present generation of Unitarian Universalists are anxious and full of self-doubt. They live in a world where they think that a 5% or 10% growth in our tiny numbers would be astonishing. They think that only those who understand their very peculiar historical path would be willing to join them. What they don't realize is that their very peculiar history has been a process of shedding everything that stands in the way of their universality. They now stand naked, shorn of dogma, shedding their ethnicity and class, clothed only in their willingness to be open, to be reverent, to be in solidarity with others, to embrace the limits of their knowledge, to hold to their own self-possession. They are only afraid now of losing themselves in a rising tide of humanity committed to a better world.
Now is the time to be the change that we wish to see.

2 comments:

valmapack said...

I have been out of the UU loop for about a decade now, so I am very excited to hear that it appears that UUs are shedding class identity as a preferred construct. If that becomes widespread, I will be delighted beyond belief.

Tom Schade said...

If you ask Calvinists if the glass is half empty or half full, you would think the Earth was a desert.