As Unitarian Universalists, we aspire to live out our seven Principles in the world, in our religious communities, and in our hearts. As with our other social justice initiatives, we believe that becoming a class-aware and class-inclusive religious community is deeply spiritual work. In order to continue this important work, we need spiritual nourishment. In each issue, we feature readings to support your faith, deepen your growth, and replenish your hope.
We Are Called
by Darrick Jackson
In these times, we are called:
Called to step into the mess and murk of life
Called to be strong and vulnerable
Called to console and to challenge
Called to be grounded, and hold lofty ideals
Called to love in the face of hate
We are called
And it is not easy
And we will not always agree
And we will yell, and scream and cry
And we will laugh and smile and sing
We are called to be together
There is so much work to do
And we cannot do it alone
We need one another
Holding each other accountable to our covenants, to the holy, to love and justice
In these times, we are called.
Darrick is a member of UU Class Conversation’s Advisory Group.
It’s Hard Work
The truth is this: If there is no justice, there will be no peace. We can read Thoreau and Emerson to one another, quote Rilke and Alice Walker and Howard Thurman, and think good and noble thoughts about ourselves. But if we cannot bring justice into the small circle of our own individual lives, we cannot hope to bring justice to the world. And if we do not bring justice to the world, none of us is safe and none of us will survive. Nothing that Unitarian Universalists need to do is more important than making justice real–here, where we are. Hard as diversity is, it is our most important task.
~ Rosemary Bray McNatt
Been in the Storm So Long (1991)
Ever since reading McNatt’s words in seminary, they have sung to me and provided me courage for my work, especially when people have tried to silence me. They have even brought me comfort when I messed up– trying to compare oppressions, deny my own racism, or re-center whiteness. May McNatt’s words bring you courage and comfort in this exciting time of opportunity and healing. May her words bring our entire religion courage and comfort as we narrow the tragic gap between who we are today and who we dream to be tomorrow.
May it be so.
With gratitude and faith,
Kellie Kelly, Steering Committee Chair