Today, dear friends, is all saints day.
It is interesting that in our secular culture Halloween, All Hallows eve, is still celebrated, but All Saints Day has lost its meaning. Kids don't even know in most instances the history of the very day that they celebrate because their parents don't teach them and parents don't teach them because most parents don't know themselves.
Halloween has become a commercial holiday with the sale of costumes and candy and party regalia.
In our Universalist tradition, I would think that All Saints Day has special meaning because in the Universalist tradition everybody goes to heaven and all are Saints. Perhaps it is this belief that lead to the end of the holiday for if all are saved, then none are special, and if none are special what's the big deal?
At any rate, having been raised Roman Catholic, I miss the numinous world which my Catholic faith gave me with all the Saints and the practices and symbols. The stark world of the Protestants is dead by contrast.
I would love to see Unitarian Universalism bring back some of the mystery and awe of the world we inhabit.
I would love to see UUs celebrate All Saints Day as a day of remembering all the people we have known and loved who have made the world what it is today and upon whose shoulders we stand.
Who are the people you admire and look up to who have passed on that you would nominate for sainthood?