Monday, March 30, 2015

UU Growth: Alternative #5 to Community Building Strategy

Disclaimer: We are never NOT building a community. Building up the community around what we are doing is an essential part of organized religion. However, we don't have to make that the central piece of what we do, and how we describe what we are doing, and what we are asking people to join us in doing.

Alternative Strategy Five:


We are a church that invites you to make the profound spiritual commitment to the health of the Earth and her people. The planet is in the midst of a catastrophic ecological crisis and she needs people to organize their lives around making a difference in that crisis. So the people in our congregation are doing what they can.  We are involved in public social movement building and legislative advocacy. We've installed solar panels and windmills on our property. We do clean-up projects in our community. Our children take part in scientific experiments and learn about where our tap water comes from.  We partner with communities, often communities of color, who are on the frontlines of pollution and contamination. We reflect on the ethics of earth-care and the spiritual sources of global solidarity.

When we worship we celebrate the interdependence of all life of which we a part. We read the writers who draw meaning from the natural world. We reflect on the ethical requirements of stewardship and the sin of seeking dominion over the Earth. We praise; we lament; we seek inspiration.

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