Clyde comments on the last post:
When we [were] new to the ministry some said we were too political and not "spiritual enough."I am not sure each of the "we"s were that Clyde is talking to, but I read the first one as Clyde himself, and maybe me, (although I came in later than Clyde) and the second one as all of us in the UU movement.
What happened is that I woke up to the social history of my own life. I made the connection between what was happening in my life and larger social and political movements.
I thought that my lack of interest in political/social causes grew out of my own experiences and my growing theological sophistication. I did not name it, though, as part of a general neutralization of progressives in the United States. The demobilization of reform forces is the historical context in which we have to look at UU history since 1961.
It is a huge and complicated story, as multi-faceted as all of historical reality. One aspect of it was that within liberal religion, "spirituality" was separated from "public theology" over the last 40 years. Both have been trivialized as a result. The "spirituality" that was left had no soteriology, nor eschatology, as one of my twitter followers pointed out. Soteriology and eschatology is how theology deals with history and hope.
Re-connecting spirituality with public theology is the work before us.