This is our Faith: Another world is possible

In these turbulent times, when so much seems in flux and it can be difficult to find any certainty at all, I find myself seeking a center, a core around which to rally. Again and again, what I find there is my UU Faith. Because, while we are not a creedal religion – that is, we don’t tell folks what to believe – we are a faith-based religion.
And what is our UU Faith? Ashley Horan of the Unitarian Universalist Association expresses it well in her poem, “Another World is Possible,” excerpted here:
We say it, again and again,even when the proof lies somewherebeyond the horizon,beyond our reach,beyond our imagination.
This is our faith:Another world is possible.
Not somewhere else-another world, another lifetime-but here, andnow,for us and for all.
Another world is possible.There is no single pathtoward that world;no one strategy or approach that will restore balance,heal brokenness,sow wholeness, free creation.
In this time of despair, of fear, of collapse-this time that is both like every other eraand like no other time in history-It is audaciousto declare our faithand to commit our workto a world that is           more free,                    more just,                               more whole.
But we are an audacious peoplein good company, with many kin,and we are ready to show upand work hardand stay humbleand make friendsand hold the visionstarting here, now, today, with usand persevering-however long it takes-until that other worldIs not only possible, but
Another world is here.
In Gratitude,Rev. Lynda Sutherland

Difficult Conversations

“Three things you never talk about in polite company,” my father taught me: “Religion, politics, money.” In our church production “Care-a-Lot” a couple of years ago, many of us could relate to the character Lady Prance-a-Lot, who “pranced around the subject of money.”

It has taken me years to realize that, while avoiding those uncomfortable topics my father named can indeed grease the wheels of everyday, superficial conversation, our avoidance of any subject that affects our lives deeply only compounds whatever problems might be lurking beneath the surface. The fact is, we live in a complex world of money that is not easy to navigate; it can, in fact, feel quite discouraging at times. 

This month, our sermon series will focus on the meaning of money in our lives, through the lens of the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A crisis of money creates vastly diverse reactions from several characters that can hold up a mirror to our own relationships with money. In this four-week series, we will “look” squarely in the face of our money issues in compassionate ways.

We are so much more than our monetary worth, and yet money affects all of our lives in multiple ways. The ability to talk openly about our challenges and assumptions can deepen our relationships, bring greater understanding, and offer relief from having to “tip-toe” around the subject. I hope you find this series to be both challenging and uplifting, as we explore perspectives that can offer more depth of meaning, healing, and wholenes and a whole new “outlook” on what constitutes a wonderful life.

In Gratitude,
Rev. Lynda Sutherland