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.
“Grace” as a word doesn’t have much of a place in the secular world and yet this widely known hymn endures, often used at funerals. For many, the song can call up our most humanizing memories of forgiveness, healing and humility. Such things usually require hard work and difficult conversations. How human can we get?
We never know what's going to come our way - life has its surprises, unexpected twists and turns for all of us. Yet we do have some significant control that often goes unrecognized. Our UU ancestors did recognize their power and it provides an excellent template for us.
Read the text version from Rev. Davis.
Rev. Richard "Rick" Davis is the minister at UU Congregation of Salem, Oregon. Rev. Rick and Rev. Antonia are enjoying "pulpit exchange" this week.
Also remember to "Fall back!" This Sunday marks the end of Daylight Savings Time. Turn your clocks back one hour before rise 'n' shine Sunday morning.