Saturday, December 28, 2013

Past, Present and Future

The working poor, the low-wage workers, the occasionally unemployed, the disabled, the food stamp beneficiary, the welfare recipient, the two-job part-time workers, the boomerang child who returns home, the early retired who couldn't find another job, the undocumented working without legal protection: these are Unitarian Universalism's Past, Present and Future.

Many UU's have these experiences in their Pasts: some as the persistent condition of their childhoods and some as temporary situations on their life's journey.

Some UU's are in these circumstances in the Present, or they have family members who are, and they live in communities in which low-wage workers are all around them everyday.

And for many UU's, these positions are their Future, as retirement savings turn out to be inadequate, as full employment gets redefined as 6%, as misguided austerity shreds the safety nets, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the middling classes get forgotten.  The younger see it more clearly than the old.

This is not Unitarian Universalism's self-image.  We tell a self-story that denies our own reality.  It is called "false consciousness" and a lot of it is going around.


1 comment:

Clyde Grubbs said...

In the Color Purple, Alice Walker hints that folks don't "find" God in church, so much as bring their experience with God to share with others in context that "sharing God" isn't isolating and where one can be accepted.

Do we know how to provide a community where people can talk about their experience with "class" and with being poor. Where people don't come to hear a lecture on God's (ok on Love's) preferencial option for the poor but to discover their own blessedness. If we don't know, we can learn to provide that community. In God (ok in Love) all things are possible.