Author: SFUC

Why Now, White People?

Protests and marches have erupted across the country in broad support of the Black Lives Matter movement, even in alabaster-white cities with negligible black populations. The top of The New York Times’ bestseller list was seemingly fueled by the same energy — White Fragility, Me and White Supremacy, How to Be an Antiracist, So You Want to Talk About Race — undoubtedly as a result of the many, many reading lists published in the last few weeks meant to help white people think more critically about race in the United States.

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Wisdom?

So many untapped sources. So much wisdom waiting to be known.

Makes one think that maybe the wisest question of all this month is: “Where have I not looked before?”

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Resilience?

When did we decide that resilience was a solo project? It’s not that we consciously defined it that way. It’s just what we were taught, from the time we were little until, well, today. The same thing was – and is – said in so many ways: “Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps”; “You’re stronger than you think.”; “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”; “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The cultural message is clear: resilience depends on you – your individual toughness and inner strength. It’s a solo act.

How Are We Going to Seek Delight?

One of the things I’ve been doing as of late to sustain me, is to look around me and find delight. One small thing of delight – that’s all there is to it. Sounds simple – right? After close to nine months of living under pandemic restrictions, I’m feeling the weight of it. I know we are all feeling the weight of it. It’s underneath everything we do at this point – and as we approach the holidays, the time when we gather with loved ones to feel the warmth of companionship and laughter at this time of year, it’s harder to muster up that sense of, we can do this! People have been short, grumpy, and well just darn cranky at times! And it’s hard not to be during these times.

How Do We Do This?

Carrying on with the theme of how we are going to do this, and by do this, this month I want to focus on the uncertainty of living in these times that seems to be facing us all. This is hard and pandemic fatigue seems to be gripping many of us. Our Prime Minister talked directly with us just this last week saying that what we are living through is hard. And it’s precisely at this time that we dig deep into our spiritual practices and look for the opportunities that life presents us.

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Awe?

Let’s just say that we’re skeptical about rushing in to fix things. We Unitarian Universalists understand the urge to restore what once was. Nothing is more human. Who doesn’t want to reverse the damage? Who doesn’t hold on to the humpty dumpty hope that all can be put back together again? But our faith teaches us that this is just not how the world works. Transition and change rule the flow of life. There is no going back. The current of time is just too strong.

What Does It Mean to Be A People of Belonging?

Let’s just say that we’re skeptical about rushing in to fix things. We Unitarian Universalists understand the urge to restore what once was. Nothing is more human. Who doesn’t want to reverse the damage? Who doesn’t hold on to the humpty dumpty hope that all can be put back together again? But our faith teaches us that this is just not how the world works. Transition and change rule the flow of life. There is no going back. The current of time is just too strong.