a blog post at Call And Response, by Karen Bellavance-Grace
Our times and families have changed. Although our faith formation ministries still largely focus on Sunday morning as though it were the one way we know to kneel and kiss the ground, we are called today to show up in new ways. Religious professionals must show up where our families are, because although they cannot all be with us on Sunday mornings, they are still all our people. Our parents must show up to live Unitarian Universalism at home, in neighborhoods, and even on soccer fields. Our world is moving rapidly from an Age of Enlightenment culture into a new and radically connected Age of Embodiment. We all need to embody our faith in new ways that help our own people understand and live out our theology and help our communities know we are the Love people…
Fire of Love
From Ellen Kristi
We light this chalice by giving thanks for the fire of love that burns within our hearts, to remember that when fire meets fire there aren’t many, but one fire. And now we want to worship the source of fire in all hearts, so that we may all be one in love. #shabbat #unity #interfaith #bahai #uuc #unitarian #love #light #universalist #love #sabbat #sabbath #inspirational
When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.
Ella’s Song (“We who believe in freedom”) by Sweet Honey in the Rock, sung by First Unitarian Society of Denver's choir.
5 [AWESOME] Things About Freedom
1. You are free to be yourself [and loved for it]! (h/t Loved For Who You Are)
2. You are free to create your own path!
3. Freedom of belief, expression, and association emphasizes diversity!
4. You are free to be a leader!
5. You are free to grow and change!
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
5 Things: The downsides of freedom
"Freedom, Reason, and Tolerance," were meaningful watchwords within Unitarian Universalism for many years. But what are the drawbacks to making Freedom such a strong component of our faith?
1. We forget the value of obligation in religious community and spiritual growth.
2. We lose something when we don’t have a sense of accountability to our neighbors and ourselves.
3. We can become unmoored from this faith and our religious communities and allow our companion UUs to become lost when we become disconnected as we practice our freedoms.
4. We undervalue our neighbors when we assume that freedom of belief is unique to Unitarian Universalism.
5. Sometimes we give ourselves and our friends permission to let go of ways we could improve, missing out on pursuing excellence and growing.