Gratitude for Our Diverse Sources

It sometimes seems like Unitarian Universalism is chaotic; that we might actually be too diverse. Can it be that there are too many voices trying to be heard? Indeed, how we navigate that can be tricky, because we are blessed with many perspectives, all of them valuable.

The I Am UU project holds that our diversity is a strength rather than a hindrance. We’d like to start this week with gratitude for the many sources from which our congregations draw wisdom:

Let us thank our Atheists and Deists, who bring us Humanism. We welcome the belief that whatever gods may exist, and whatever their purpose, we have been given life and eventually blessed with the intellect to understand that gift, and it is up to us to shape our destiny.

Let us thank the Buddhists, who teach us the freedom of minimalism and of doing things now. We welcome the belief that we have the ability and responsibility to look within ourselves for something greater, and that this search can lead us to new kinds of freedom.

Let us thank the Hindus, who envisioned the web of all creation and imagined it as a circle, with coming and going around but never being apart from the wheel. We welcome the belief that we are all part of one creation, and that we have responsibilities to every other part.

Let us thank Pagan traditions, which have taught us about the wheel of time – about the cycle of the year – in terms more familiar to our dominant culture. We welcome the many beliefs about the power of legend and myth to inspire and connect us intellectually and culturally.

Let us thank the indigenous religions the world over; those we are familiar with, those that are on the edge of our understanding, and those that have been lost. All that we know today all started with small groups of humans asking questions, creating answers, and eventually testing those answers against their lived experience.

Let us thank the prophetic voices, be they ancient like Buddha, Abraham, or Paul, or recent like Gyatso, King, or Yousafzai.  They teach us that we have the power to change the world with our passion and our concern for others.

Let us remember that we pull from many, many sources, and that while Unitarian Universalism is none of them, we are the product of taking those parts of each that speak to us, and putting them, responsibly, to work in helping us define the truth and decipher the meaning of our own, unique lives.

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