Thursday, May 22, 2014

"The Love People"


There are reports that people who don't know Unitarian Universalism, but have observed UU's at events where we all have our yellow tee-shirts on, have called us 'the love people.'

Photo by M. Lara Hoke
"Love Person" is an identity which hints at a life's work and a life's journey.

What if you had known to answer "A Love Person" back then, when some adult asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up.

You were going to dedicate your life to the make "Love" the operating system of the world. When you were young, you would have sophomoric debates about "Love", testing its logical limits and boundaries. Questions like whether you could fight back against interstellar lizard invaders with loving non-violence. But as you grew older, the questions would change, but ethics of love would grow deeper in your life. You would practice its application in public policy and in your personal economics. You would come to understand how love fit with your personal psychological development and the history of your people and family. And when you were old, you would be wise about love.

And when popular culture and the consumption machine threw the endless stream of potential identities at you, you would relate to them like a child playing dress-up in a costume shop. Because you knew who you really were. That self-knowledge would allow you to make commitments, and to end commitments, to enter into relationships and endure differences within them, to enter into covenants with a whole heart.

Being a "Love Person" would be a transcendent identity.

I don't want to debate or dissect that particular phrase, "The Love People". But I am pointing out that category -- the transcendent identity.  It is the search for and the fulfillment of that transcendent identity that is the hero's journey.

Is "Unitarian Universalist" a transcendent identity? What is the hero's journey toward embodying that identity? It appears that it is going to seminary and being ordained. The hero's journey of liberal religion shouldn't require tens of thousands in student debt. The loss of the young is a sign that "Unitarian Universalist" does not offer that journey to a transcendent identity.

If you had to describe the journey of your life toward a transcendent identity, how would you phrase it?

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