Well, we did the radio show…my debut. All the questions I worried about coming up came up (What do you worship, and what are you doing in your community). Thank goodness that our minister and another member of the congregation were present (and the sound engineer for the show was from our congregation, too).
But the big question came in this form: What is the main thrust of Unitarian Universalism (and I’m reminded of Rev. Galen Guengerich ‘s column in the UU World about gratitude)? In other words, if Jesus Christ isn’t your personal savior and you aren’t going on to a greater place in the next life, how would you describe what it is that UUs believe.
Each of us answered, and each of us said something different–and yet, each of us said the same thing at the same time. I rehashed what I had said in a sermon my worship committee co-chair did earlier this month. I introduced the idea of inherent worth and dignity and I said that it all came to a head for me a week or two before that particular sermon, when we were talking about inherent worth and dignity and the question was posed: “Can someone squander their inherent worth and dignity?”
I’ll ask that question again and you think of what comes up for you. I’ll give you a minute afterward: Can a person squander their inherent worth and dignity?
My answer? That’s not the point. The point is not about what someone else does, it is how I respond to it. Religious life, I think, can give us the framework to respond when people do squander their dignity through various means: by being violent, by being lazy, hurtful, mean, by entering into war unilaterally and unprovoked.
That is what we are about, isn’t it: learning to respond to the awful while we learn to be proactive for the hopeful, the good, the true and the right? It is us, right, us UUs, but not us alone. It is us learning to be hopeful, learning to understand, learning to bring others to the table of understanding and love.
So, the question was asked at the end by both hosts (who, I think by the end of the show must have realized that they are Unitarian Universalists), if all this is true about Unitarian Universalism–why is the denomination so small.
I had no answer. Do you?