Last month I shared from the pulpit my conviction that the values that we share and express as Unitarian Universalists call us to do the work of love, justice, and inclusion. For me, this is not just the work of one sermon or worship service but our daily lives.
Last year, your ministers and many congregants participated in the Beloved Conversations Within program offered through Meadville Lombard Theological School. This program focused on opening our hearts and minds, examining our individual stumbling blocks and hopes. The leaders of the program share that “it is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together.“
Those of us involved found the program to be transformative and powerful and challenging.
This year, a group who were involved last year will be working with the next stage, broadening the internal work to focus on our religious communities. Beloved Conversations Among begins this fall. We will be working with a coach who will lead us to look at the breadth and depth of our congregational life: How are we together? How do we do the work of the congregation in ways that are inspiring of inclusion, belonging, and diversity.
On November 14, I will be leading a worship service focused on this year’s work in this area. You will certainly hear more from the group as the year goes along and I hope you will get engaged in this transformative work as it comes up. It is our own hearts and minds we are growing along with our congregation’s thriving.
in peace and love