A Letter from Your Minister — January 2019

A Letter from Your Minister

I dwell in possibility.
~ Emily Dickinson

Dear Folks,

Happy new year to you!

The last month of the year held extra services for us at Piedmont. We had our candlelight Christmas Eve service (with no Yule Log fires this year) and a beautiful installation service on December 30th. My deepest gratitude to everyone who had a part in that and to all who attended. Celebrating the occasion with you was one of the most significant days of my life. Thank you!

I’m excited about 2019 and our chance to live into this new year committed to our Principles and to one another in the context of Beloved Community. This seems like a good opportunity to review The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism as well as our Six Sources listed below:

1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The Six Sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature

Our themes for the first six months of 2019 will be Possibility, Trust, Journey, Wholeness, Curiosity, and Beauty.
May we live into who we say we are as UU’s!
Peace, love, and light,
~Rev. Mary Frances