Here is a great article from the UU World Archives: Claiming and reclaiming Universalism
When we claim our full name, we reclaim our best selves and vow to follow the Bodhisattva path of Universalism (or if we are persuaded to become eco-feminist, the Gaia dharma, whereby we work for the salvation of the planet.) Belief in Universalism enables relation and genuine, tender contact, for to believe in universal salvation is to affirm the worth and dignity of every person—a radical principle undergirding Universalist theologies all the way from the gracious God of John and Judith Sargent Murray to the bold vision declared 50 years ago by Robert Cummins, then general superintendent of the Universalist Church of America, when he said,
Universalism cannot be limited to either Protestantism or to Christianity, not without denying its very name. Ours is a world fellowship, not just a Christian sect. For so long as Universalism is universalism and not partialism, the fellowship bearing its name must succeed in making it unmistakably clear that all are welcome: theist and humanist, unitarian and trinitarian, colored and color-less. A circumscribed Universalism is unthinkable.
In light of recent tragic events, I am focusing some posts on bullying. Here is a quote I thought fitting:
“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”
New York has become the sixth state to approve same sex marriage
The girls recently learned about women getting the right to vote. To me it’s hard to imagine that such a basic right was denied to an entire section of the population. The same thing holds for marriage equality. Why has is taken so long for this day to come? It is telling that standing up for civil rights is a revolutionary action. Kudos to the politicians who stood on the side of love.
The Theology of Unitarian Universalists
This is a good article. I think one of the problems UUs have is explaining to other people what exactly Unitarian Universalism is.
Who Are You?
Self-reflection is very important to get in touch with who you are and who you want to be. How we define ourselves can vary based on context, but the question is not a simple one. We are not defined solely by our jobs or by our faith, but rather are a glorious merging of all of our experiences. The whole is greater than the sum of all of the parts. This is what makes us unique, but also gives us basis to find common ground.
As we near Halloween, now would be a good time to reflect on a religious holiday that heavily influenced it: Samhain
Samhain: Season of Death and Renewal
The Spiritual New Year