I’ve been a regular subscriber and reader of The Nation magazine for almost 30 years. I love the fact that they are independent of most of the news conglomerates and that they break stories that no one else will touch. The articles are skillfully written and their politics are unapologetically progressive. And yet…
There was something missing for me, something that I found when I first walked through the doors of a Unitarian Universalist Church. Issues in the political world (and in the press) are often treated as silos or as competing areas of concern. As a faith community, we are called to approach all of our justice work holistically. The means are as important as the ends — both must reflect our core values.
Even the governance and management of the congregation should be grounded in core values. Our budgets should reflect our mission or purpose statements. Our commitment to diversity should call us to seek ways to become antiracist, antioppressive, multicultural, multigenerational institutions. As a living tradition, our institutions must be flexible for new ideas and new cultural expressions to take root.
Most importantly, I see the need to articulate transcendent values and commitments, so that as we–as religious humanists–bend the arc of the universe, we are doing so with integrity and shared vision.