Heaven, If We Can Build It

“Religious liberalism affirms the moral obligation to direct one’s effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.”

~ James Luther Adams

While many UUs believe that there might be, even must be, life after death, the heaven we all commit to is here on Earth. The name we’ve been calling that heaven for a while is” The Beloved Community”. It is a world, hopefully this world, free of oppression, where all people will be encouraged to give their personal best and everyone will have opportunity and justice.

Beloved Community will not appear by magic; we cannot wish it into being. It will take hard work. And we’ll have to do that work together.

We are in a constant discussion to discern what the beloved community will look like and what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in the world today. We need to be willing to state what we stand for – and what we will not . It is important that we be willing to draw some lines; the point of having the word “responsible” alongside the word “free” is that not every search for meaning is being done in a responsible way.

If there are limits, we need to know where those limits are and how we address them. We have to build a foundation for the beloved community, one that is firmly grounded compassion. Then, we need to ensure that our chosen foundation is strong, level, and big enough to support the whole world one day.

It can never be enough to simply believe; our vision of heaven is not waiting for us, inevitably. If we want to dismantle the systems of oppression and marginalization, we will have to work at it. It is not enough to not participate in the oppression – we must fight it. We must be active in forcing the system to change.

The beloved community requires investment and commitment. Our heaven is not promised to us based on faith alone; it will require work. Luckily, we are in this together. Unitarian Universalism is a movement devoted to finding the path forward.

Our mission is to facilitate the creation of the Beloved Community by sharing liberal religion with the world. Liberal religion has a vital place in making the world more just and compassionate. The more people who know about our Principles and goals, the better for the world. If you believe we do a good job representing Unitarian Universalism, we need your support to keep doing so. Whatever you can afford will help us fulfill our mission.

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