Rev. James Forbes talked about another Great Awakening to come (at his sermon at the UUMA Center Institute last month). He even said that UU's might have been anointed to play a special leadership role in it. Is that too woo-woo for us to hear?
I do believe that the nation is on the eve of a Great Awakening of the Liberal Spirit. It would be a movement of the Spirit: a widespread, self-replicating spontaneous spiritual development.
We know that a new progressive majority has been forming in the political world. We know that the young are creating a culture more comfortable with diversity and more liberal culturally than ever before.
A great awakening of the liberal spirit will come when liberals are hopeful, and confident that we can build a better world. It would be clear that the great work we have to do, reversing climate change, sharing the earth's wealth fairly, unleashing the potential in every person is work that we could do. We would hear a great Spirit calling us to institutionalize love as the foundation of social life. And so many people would be willing to make that call be the mainspring of their life's unwinding.
Are there words yet to describe what is possible if the Spirit moved us to live according to our hopes, and not our despairs?