Unitarian Universalism is sometimes portrayed, even by UUs, as a religion for individuals. You are responsible for your own theology. You have to develop your own relationship with the divine. You have to choose your level of commitment and involvement. Those things are all true.
But, Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal religion. It is made of individuals who choose to come together in community and share time, a place, and (most importantly) a mission. The point is to honor our individual contributions and identities, but to come together to do more than each of us is capable of on our own. Your strength is multiplied and your needs are divided so that we can all be our best.
A covenant is a commitment; a contract that says the parties have a shared vision or mission and lays out the expectations from the parties in achieving that mission. Our covenants are open-ended; we are allowed to fail at our promises and come back to make amends and try harder. Our community does not lower their expectations, but also acknowledges that we are living into hopes that are not always easily brought into being. What we promise is hard. Some days, we will fail. We know this, and we will do our best to make it right. All of us, as a team; a family.
General Assembly 2018:
This week, I will be taking part in that concept as we take it to its extreme: General Assembly. In Kansas City, Mo, our congregations will come together to act as one body and do what even they cannot do individually and locally. This week, we live into our covenant on the national scale.
I am going to be there as a community minister and a religious educator. It is expensive and means a week away from the family. I was able to go last year, and the I Am UU project has benefited a great deal from it. It would mean a lot to me if you supported me. Even just a dollar or two would mean so much, especially as there are 14,000 people following between Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
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