“He drew a circle that shut me out -- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.”
- Edwin Markham
I trust that all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now we prepare for the next holiday, whatever you call it - Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Maulid al-Nabi, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Melissa's birthday.
We must continue to be a haven, as we have been, for those looking for alternatives - especially in light of all the turmoil that has been in the execution of the electoral process this past year.
We offer something rare in the world around us, accepting, listening, caring, and concern for others different from ourselves in views, lifestyles, beliefs. We accept anyone who is also caring and concerned about fellow human beings and willing to help in decreasing the suffering of others.
We have seen an increase in the numbers of new visitors in the last few weeks and we must be sure to ask them in and give them gracious welcome as they are fellow seekers of ways to improve the human condition. I believe that they, too, are concerned that recent events seem to indicate a closing down of care and comfort of all of "God's creatures" and an increase of concern for the privileged and the few.
We can only continue to exist as a congregation if we accept and minister to those who need us and can become among those of us who are concerned about the future. That future that includes making life better for all living beings and for all those things that affect our only planet, Earth.
The future of our church and its mission in Orange County is in doing the work that
produces the most good for all of the people of our area and for our world.
Recall our Unitarian Universalist Principles:
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
- The Inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.