The inevitability of change affords us frequent opportunities for new beginnings. The past year was an exhausting journey through the world of protest, advocacy, and agitation. Living in a state capitol, I found myself at public events nearly every week, allowing me little time for reflection and writing. As I start my new position here at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church in Louisville KY, I am committing to more online engagement as I build partnerships with local organizations and help the church achieve its dream of creating a Justice Center.
To that end, let me state clearly that I believe Unitarian Universalism will thrive as a relevant religion in this nation only if we embrace our Living Tradition of direct action to make a difference in the world. We will always be a haven for freethinkers and the growing number of Americans who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” But as people of faith, we must aspire to be more than truth seekers — we must be justice makers.
I believe the most important reason for the existence of the church is to build a community where we can become more together than we can when isolated and alone. That is true whether one talks about worship, pastoral care, social activities, or education. And it is especially true when it comes to fighting oppression and defending our innate human freedoms.