Authority

Recently, I used the “speech to text” feature on my phone to send a friend a text. I said into the phone something about “UUism.” My iPhone translated “UUism” to: “your your wisdom.” It made me laugh. But then it also made me think. Is UUism all about “your wisdom?” In other words, are we our own authorities? Our six sources list all kinds of “authorities” or sources of wisdom. The very first one is “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” In other words, we all have our own innate wisdom. But the translation, coincidentally, did not say just “your wisdom.” It said “your your wisdom.” So I like to think that maybe it was telling us that together we listen to each other’s wisdom (yours and yours and yours and you over there).

Ok, maybe I’m making too much of a silly, if profound coincidence. This month, however, we are exploring “authority.” Where do we get it? Where do we look for it? If we want to argue a point, who do we quote? Or do we? Is it time (ancient sources) that give someone or something authority? Is it their level of education? Their experience? Or is it simply that it resonates deep within us as true?

I invite you this month to pay attention to the sources you quote when making a point or arguing. And ask yourself, “Why that authority? Why not someone or something else?”

With love,

Rev. Sian