Blessed are you who know that the work of the church is transformation of society,
who have a vision of Beloved Community transcending the present, and
who do not shrink from controversy, sacrifice, or change.
Blessed are you indeed. –John Buehrens
This past Sunday I was reminded of what an awesome religious tradition to which we belong. To keep costs low, I scheduled to attend one of the Southern Region’s Presidents’ Convocation—not at the serene locale of The Mountain, a Unitarian Universalist retreat in the Smokies, nor at the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marion County in Florida with a sacred space decorated with beautiful stained glass—but instead at a Dallas LaQuinta Inn located between the freeway and the runway of Love Field airport. Despite the lackluster location, the experiences I had with the fellow UUs joined in religious community was indeed sacred! Our time together was spent in meaningful conversations, quiet reflection, and soul sharing. I was left with a deep connection with the many UUs around our Region and across the country and a feeling of wonder at the transformation of one small meeting room with humming lights and a view of a parking lot into holy ground.
Speaking of transformations…
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) has announced several new journeys for this fall. Drawing on programs of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), these programs spotlight some of the UU justice movement’s greatest work. The college offers participants intensive engagement with justice work through experiential learning journeys and social justice training grounded in the UU faith’s historic commitment to human rights. Each UUCSJ program also incorporates the contemplative practices of meditation, prayer, and worship to deepen and sustain the work of social justice. As John Buehrens wrote, “Blessed are you who know that the work of the church is transformation of society. To learn more about the UUCSJ journeys, check out http://uucsj.org/.
Joy, peace, and love,