A Letter from Your Minister
Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication.
It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
~ Stephen R. Covey
Welcome to February and to our monthly theme of Trust. If Stephen Covey was right in saying that trust is the glue of life, then it’s no wonder that we’ve all felt a little–or perhaps more than a little–unglued in recent months. When I first began this letter, we were on day 33 of a government shutdown.
When the powers that be betray us at the highest levels of our society, we feel as though we have little recourse, but our power lies not only in speaking up against travesties of justice but also in uniting in favor of a system that upholds our Unitarian Universalist Principles–things like insuring a democratic process, honoring the worth and dignity of all, and respecting the interconnected web of existence of which we are just one part. Our power lies in our ability to vote, to encourage others to vote, and to restore and protect the votes of those who have been disenfranchised.
While people are suffering from systemic oppression coming down from all branches of government, we must not “grow weary in well doing; for, in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” In other words, it will get better, but it will take some work. This means, in the words of Rev. Dr. King, to “Keep moving.” Keep moving. Keep moving! And our “well doing” includes things that address prejudice and discrimination not only locally but also nationally and globally. This means addressing environmentalism, racism, ethnocentrism, classism, literacy, voting rights, violence, hunger, and a host of other social problems.
In a Social Justice Meeting at church in January, I was heartened to sit at a table with people who are making this world a better place one good deed at a time. The people who came to the table are involved in everything from Food Security to Earth Justice, from Literacy Education to Immigration Reform, and from Racial Justice to radical hospitality for migrants.
Because we seek to focus on uniting our beloved community in service and justice work, not just within but also beyond our walls, we created a survey asking you to prioritize the social justice issues that are most important to you in order to focus on a unifying project for everyone to be involved in. We’d also like to know what volunteerism or justice work you’re already a part of in surrounding counties. This is one way for us to encourage one another to “keep moving,” and to do so hand in hand, for we are truly stronger together.
As the chorus proclaims: “Emboldened by faith, we dare to proclaim, we are answering the call of Love!” May it be so, and may we be worthy of the trust that others place in us as a religious body.
Peace and Light,
~Rev. Mary Frances