They say curiosity killed the cat but I’d say conformism is a lot more deadly. Creativity is one of Unitarian Universalism’s unsung traditions and central to Unitarian Universalism’s approach to children’s religious exploration. Is it still important today? Is there a prophetic role for creativity and curiosity?
As Hanukkah begins today, we begin this month’s theme of wonder. So many of us are new to the congregation, I wonder what it’s like to be new to UUFCO, who we all are, and what passions can we harness as a community? Where do our passions and the world’s needs collide?
In seminary, post 9-11, during the many theological conversations that ensued about Western society and our economics, a classmate invoked the phrase, “an economy of grace”. It stuck in my mind as relevant and inspirational. As we engage the issues of the 21st century, what might this phrase inspire in us individually and as a faith community?
There are so many stories about Thanksgiving; it’s amazing how people living in the same culture, the same community, can have such widely divergent stories. Are the Pilgrims the good guys or the bad guys? Did they bring the good will of cooperation or the arrogance of entitlement to their experiences with the Native Americans? And then there are our stories. Can Unitarian Universalism help us to find gratitude? What do we each bring to the proverbial Thanksgiving table? Is there really anything to be grateful for? Let’s talk about it.
At the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in 2014, representatives from UUA congregations across the country voted to approve “Escalating Inequality” as the congregational study/action issue (CSAI) for congregations from 2014 – 2018. UUFCO has responded by establishing Project GRACE – Giving Respect And Choosing Equality. This morning we will experience voices of inequality through words and music, and learn how you can join in Project GRACE’s efforts to understand and combat the growing gap between the rich and poor.