By Bruce Wiggins, Social Justice Council Chair
In this post-election time, I found our UUA President’s pastoral message meaningful and helpful:
“This is a time to take a deep breath and a long view. Our role as religious progressives committed to democracy, compassion, and human dignity is to help bend our culture toward justice. Think of issues like marriage equality and civil rights. The laws change when attitudes change. Our role is to help change attitudes, to lead by example.”
~ The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Being together with fellow members of our faith community builds relationships and helps us deepen our spirit, which helps to relieve some of our fear, frustration, and anxiety. I invite you to lead by example, as Rev. Morales exhorts. On a personal level, listen to others deeply and with compassion. In the public square, develop your powerful voice. Both personal relationships and public actions will undoubtedly be needed in the coming years to bend our culture towards justice.
“Fear, anger, racism and xenophobia have created fertile ground for demagogues. Our voice is going to matter in the coming years. Our role, as always, will be to be a powerful voice for compassion and civil rights. Perhaps, at times, we may even be called upon to join with others to resist flagrant injustice.”
~The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association