As I was taking a dump this morning, I was flipping through this week's Newsweek, January 10 2009 edition and there in the My Turn column is Rev. Chris Buice, the pastor of the Tennesee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. where last July, 2008, two of his congregants were killed, and six injured, by a gunman who came into the church to kill liberals.
How should people respond to an act like this? How is justice served?
Rev. Buice gives part of an answer that makes me proud to be a Unitarian Universalist. You can read Rev. Buice's essay by clicking here.
It is interesting that the eyes of the world on on TVUUC and Rev. Buice is providing outstanding leadership at a time of great grief and suffering. This is UU theology at work. Watch and learn. Perhaps this whole affair is a "teachable moment" and discussion of the best way to handle tragedy like this is UU theology at its finest.
To me this is not just academic as it is not to countless others who have lost loved ones to senseless violence. How does one make sense out of the senseless in the "big picture"?
My two youngest children where killed by a three time drunk driver in 1993. Brigid was 5 and Ryan was 8. How does one deal with such things? It seems that Rev. Buice and his congregation have some good ideas that they, perhaps, can teach us all.