We are in a time of rising social movements who are actively organizing for the values we espouse.
We should pivot toward those social movements and lean into them. How can we serve them? How can we be ourselves in them? How can we fulfill our mission with them?
Our evolution as a religious/spiritual movement and the present historical moment in US and world history are coming into synchronicity. We have been growing toward this moment.
We know how to do some things. And one of those things is that Unitarian Universalism can do is to turn out leaders who have been assessed and tested for their integrity, depth and accountability. One of the reasons why our formation process is long and expensive is that filters out people who are more likely to unaccountable and damaging. It's why we credential religious educators and musicians and other professionals. It's not for the knowledge; it's for the integrity and character.
We will be changed by the near future. If we are not, we will be closer to a terminal case of the "dwindles." So, let's be bold, and a little reckless, and think not of ourselves so obsessively.
Our boat is a bit leaky, and rusty in some spots, and needs some repair here and there. But it's time to put it into the water and head into the open sea, for the winds favor us, and we yearn for the journey.