As Unitarian Universalists, we proclaim that we are all love’s people, held by a love that will not let us go. As love’s people, we welcome, affirm, and protect the light in each human heart; we listen deeply to where love is calling us next in our lives; and we act for justice in the world. These are our essential spiritual practices as we give, receive, and grow together.
These practices are designed to help us live in the intersection of spiritual growth and social justice ministry. As various mentors have taught me, there is a vital dance between spiritual growth and justice work. They shape and inform one another. Nearly all spiritual leaders and traditions agree: our justice work is more effective when we are grounded spiritually, and we grow spiritually as we engage in justice work.
As I look at a few upcoming church events, I am proud of the work we are doing to provide regular opportunities to live in this intersection:
- On Saturday, Oct. 3, we begin our fourth 24-hour “Racial Justice” training with Dr. Heather Hackman. More than 30 people have signed up, including a number of youth! These trainings help equip us to act on our deepest values of faith and to see more clearly the dynamics of race, racism, and whiteness, as we work for racial justice.
- On Wednesday, Oct. 7, First Universalist will host a Community Conversation about Mde/Bde Maka Ska (currently called Lake Calhoun), in an effort to connect with the spirit of the lake, through deep listening and conversations with our many neighbors.
- On Sunday, Oct. 11, we’re holding our first ever “Sabbath Sunday,” a day of rest, renewal, spiritual practice, music, food and fellowship – a feast day for the spirit, if you will.
As we move into the fall, may you find ways to nurture your spirit and help heal our world.
I’ll see you in church,
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