Monday, April 30, 2007

Call to Action

Today the UUSC (UU Service Committee) is asking people to call the White House to ask President Bush to increase diplomatic efforts to end the fighting in Darfur. We are hoping to have a critical mass of people call the President on Monday to really make our voices heard. Their campaign - Drumbeat for Darfur - is working towards ending the genocide. If you get a chance, please call the White House today at 202.456.1111. Ask President Bush to help increase diplomatic pressure on the Sudanese government and that the UN send Peacekeeping troups.

I feel as Unitarians, we are called to help all people. The Darfurians are suffering unimaginable cruelties. Their voices are not being heard. It is up to us to make the call for them.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Valuing the older Generation

I was recently at a UU women't retreat. It was a wonderful gathering of women of all ages and beliefs. It was a great chance to really talk with people that aren't in my usual "group". I was reminded of how important it is to reach out to people not my age. There were women in their seventies and eighties still trying to "fight the fight". It was fascinating to see how liberal they still are. I looked at them and hoped that I still feel that passionately when I am their age. Two older women in particular were at very different ends of self-reflection. One felt that all her work had amounted to nothing. Another felt there is still hope for the world as long as we keep trying. Amongst the women we had a good and lively discussion. I like to think that the younger of us helped the older women see that whether or not world peace comes in their lifetime they have inspired the rest of to continue the work.

If you get a chance today - give someone who inspires you a call and maybe the feeling will be mutual.

The Principles

Unitarians are often asked "so what do you believe, anyway?". This answer can (and usually will be) different for almost every Unitarian. In fact, my answer might be different from one day to the next. While Unitarian Universalism (UU) doesn't subscribe to any one creed, they do follow what they call The Seven Prinicples. This blog is my and my husband's attempt in this very busy, crazy world to live our values based upon the seven principles. They are as follows:

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person

2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations

3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

5. The right and conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

I must say that I personally feel that these are great principles to live by no matter what your spiritual or non-spiritual practices.