R.A.C.E. (Reconciliation Achieved through Community Engagement) started in 2015. Its mission and focus is to promote healing and inclusivity through community dialogue and engagement while celebrating our diversity in Muncie. Today’s message will ask you to leave your comfort zone to explore the historical implications of racism and white fragility, and suggest ways we can all contribute to a better Muncie.
This Sunday we acknowledge the birth of our nation and the experience of being "American" with a presentation of a sample of historically significant writings, essays and documents. The service will offer a variety of narrative both celebratory and humbling, reflecting upon our experience with immigration as a nation. Recounting this helps give perspective to us regarding the long-held themes and attitudes we have shared and allows us pause to believe that we can learn and grow to celebrate inclusivity together.
In response to the national call for UU congregations to look deeply at the ways in which they might deepen their work eradicating white supremacy, this service will look at how we can together build a new way of being together. We will look at how we can create a more beloved community where all souls are truly welcome for their whole selves.
The vote has been counted, the results are in. Now what? We will need to come together around the decision the congregation's democratic process produced. We will need to find ways that all of us can affirm our beloved community, our vibrancy, our continuing commitment to be a clear, steady voice for liberal religion and social justice in Delaware County and beyond. We'll need to dig deep into what brings us here to our church in the woods and remind ourselves why we want to be a part of this community. We will also recognize Memorial Day and the sacrifices it represents.
Why do we gather together as Unitarian Universalists? We take a look at what possesses....err... inspires us to put all this time and effort into creating this wonderful community, as well as the foundations of an ethical and spiritual life.
We human beings enjoy certainty - we like to think we know what's going on. Life is full of ambiguity, however, and so how we adjust to that reality is one of life's central questions.
Earth, our planet home, is being plundered and polluted like never before in human history. A liveable future for our children’s children is no longer certain. What can individuals and congregations do to preserve a healthy-functioning planet for generations to come? Earth Day 2017 is a good time to face reality and examine our options.
As we grow, we must let go of our old selves to make room for who we are becoming. How do we grieve the loss of our old selves and our old dreams? How do we let go of who we used to be? How do we find our true, core selves?
Last week we looked at how external circumstances affect our identity and sense of worthiness from the outside in. This Sunday, we'll look at how we create our sense of identity from the inside out, examining both positive and negative identity construction.