We find ourselves in a time of unease and a time of opportunity. With reports of violence and animosity becoming a regular occurrence, it can feel like we are under siege. Reports of mosque attacks in New Zealand, church attacks in Sri Lanka and a recent synagogue attack in San Diego can make it feel like a new wave crashing into houses of worship. Some of this is true. But it is not the only truth. While it might be a wave, it hasn’t washed us away.
The horrific acts that are the actions of a single individual or a group reminds us that we stand together or fall apart. This sentiment of cooperation, collaboration and co-creation is evidenced in the structure of the association of congregations that is the Unitarian Universalist Association. We know the truth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s admonition that “darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Collectively we can commit to care for the wounded, to resist the call to cruelty and to amplify our faith.
We are our siblings’ keeper. We share a covenant with each other that extends beyond our individual and interpersonal commitments. Our congregations share a covenant that extends beyond the members of our faith. Our strength comes from “The Power of We.” We welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless. Together we can create the tomorrow that we long for today. That is the opportunity that awaits.
Woullard Lett, Acting Regional Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org)