Saturday, November 17, 2018
The wise person understands the Unitarian Univeralist covenant and practices it diligently.
The average person likes the fellowship of UU and attends now and again.
The foolish person has learned about the Unitarian Univeralist covenant and laughs.
Without laughter, the UU covenant would not be what it is.
More than anything, Unitarian Univeralists do not take themselves seriously but instead respect and encourage the free and responsible search for Truth and meaning.
Having encouraged the search, UUs don't know where they are headed.
Having encouraged the search, UUs often times feel lost.
Having encouraged the search, UUs never celebrate the arrival.
Having encouraged the search, UUs never expect to achieve.
Having encouraged the search, UUs teach the importance of the journey and are skeptical about the destination.
Having encouraged the search, UUs are people of deep and abiding faith but have no answers.
Having encourged the search, UUs rest in their respect for the interdependent web of all existence which is beyond understanding.
- Number of suicide deaths in the U.S. in 2016 = 45,000
- Number of people killed by homicide in U.S. in 2015 = 17,000
- Rank of sucide as a leading cause of death of people in whole population in U.S. = 10
- Rank of sucide as a leading cause of death of people 10 - 34 = 2
- Rank of suicide as leading cause of death of people 35 - 54 = 4
There are many ways and in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, bliss is achieved by covenanting with others to affirm and promote seven principles two of which are most imporant for the achievement of bliss: affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person and a respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
Friday, November 16, 2018
The ten thousand things emerge from the Tao and return to the Tao.
It seems, with distance, all like a dream.
The interdependent web waxes and wanes; like the tide of the ocean, it comes in and goes out.
We are here and then we are not.
Other people are here and then they are not.
The old in and out, the coming and going, the up and the down are all part of the same thing.
Unitarian Universalists affrim and promote the responsible search for truth and meaning.
With this search to find that Truth, we find it is not in the manifestation of the ten thouusand things.
Truth is to be found in the Ground Of Our Being, in the Energy which fuels the ten thousand things.
Wisdom is achieved in knowing, not the ten thousand things, but in the Tao which manifests them.
Unitarian Univeralists call this Tao "the interdependent web of all existence" which abides eternally.
Unitarain Univeralists find calm in knowing that with whatever is going on, whatever is happening, this too shall pass.
Interior spiritual life refers to a person's connection with the Higher Power and the interdependent web of all existence.