A Pastoral Message from Rev. Andrée

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June 25, 2022

I write to you today while participating in our UUA General Assembly, an annual national gathering of Unitarian Universalists, which takes place this week both in Portland, Oregon and online. Much of the focus at GA this year and the last few years has been the future of our faith tradition given all that we are facing in the world today. This week, in the middle of these discussions, we are also wrestling with our reactions the US Supreme Court rulings rolling back gun rights and abortion rights in this country.

If you are like me, you have ridden a roller coaster of emotions since these final rulings were announced, including anger, fear, and dismay — even though neither of these rulings were a surprise. Polls show that most Americans support both abortion rights and stricter gun laws. Yet, the court has ruled against these views, and the justice work of current and previous social justice advocates has been set back. Many of us, already anticipating this day, fear for the world our children will inherit.

It is precisely in times like this that I rely on my UU faith. Our tradition affirms the values of justice, equity, inclusion, and love. Our tradition not only dreams of a better world for all. It calls on us to act on our faith by building a world where everyone — including our children and their children — experiences the right to safety, including decisions on their own bodies. Our tradition teaches us of this Beloved Community because we all deserve to live in such a world. By actively participating in our tradition, I find a well of hope in knowing I’m not alone.

So today, we call on the Spirit of Life, which so deeply connects us to each other. May we allow ourselves the space today and in the days ahead to feel whatever needs feeling and to give voice to those feelings. May we drink from that well of hope which is fed not only by our tradition, but many others both religious and secular around the globe, that uphold the values of justice, equity, inclusion, and love. Together, may we continue down our path towards Beloved Community. Blessed be.

With love, care, and faith,

Rev. Andrée Cornelia Mol, Minister

Central Unitarian Church