Monday Meditation: Congregations are Built on Relationships

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation is an ephemeral thing. Like Love, it can only exist as part of a relationship between people. Those people can fill out paperwork that allows them to jointly own a building or to open a bank account, but the congregation will always be made up of their relationships. To be a Unitarian Universalist congregation, those relationships have to have a purpose, whether you call it a vision, a mission, or just a covenant. That purpose, ultimately, have to be about making the world around you better through your combined effort and resources. That is part of the promise a congregation makes when it joins the Association.

The Unitarian Universalist Association is a tool created by the relationship between congregations that serves those congregations in fulfilling their mission. Likewise, the congregations are a tool created by the relationship between congregants in order to serve the world. The function of a congregation is to equip the congregants with the mental, emotional, and physical tools they need to go out in to the world and meet the needs of a world in pain, and love it until it stops hurting. Ours is a relational religion, built on our desire to build a better world for everyone. And we do it together.

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One Response to Monday Meditation: Congregations are Built on Relationships

  1. nancy / kitten August 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    This morning started early as 3 of my family traveled @ 1 1/2 hrs to be with others working on a life plan for a special needs young adult. Introductions were NEEDED and very meaningfully begun, so that planning (RELATIONSHIP) can develop. Admittedly, I’m bringing an angry attitude. I feel like our personsal contribution
    was treated like pennies dropped in “the system’s” bank.My attitude was tweaked VERY helpfully by reading this.
    Yesterday’s music at our UU church was mentioned by the young adult .Her voice IS gaining focus and strength.
    As we’re in the presence of and related to by UU relationships I do believe the transformative power of the caring
    relationships IS making that “change” into “sense” . Because of this reading, my attitudes have renewed hope.

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