How slavery and anti-Semitism can not only occur, but flourish, in the cradle of civilization and Christian countries is a question about mysterious forces in our individual and collective psyches which we have not made conscious and managed in healthy ways. Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In order to do this, we need to understand these unconscious forces in ourselves and in our collective groups more clearly so that we can change them for the better. How can we do this?
Universalists have understood as a foundational belief that recognition and acceptance of the Atonement is necessary to overcome our attachments to the things on the path of the ego and embark on the path of the Spirit.
Here is an explanation of the Atonement by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick as taught in A Course In Miracles.
- 1. What do you think about the idea that humans are biologically programmed to believe that they are nothing but bodies and so must defend and possibly attack those who they define as “not us”?
- 2. What do you think about the Universalist idea that all human beings, having worth and dignity, will go to heaven?
- 3. What do you think about the idea that human beings like to think of themselves as “special egos” and like to degrade other people to make themselves feel better about themselves?
- 4. What do you think about the Atonement as a necessary step to heal the separation and to attain God consciousness?
- 5. Who is it hard for you to forgive and include in your circle, and why?
- 6. To what extent does the idea of atonement as Dr. Wappnick describes from A Course In Miracles resonate with the UU principle of inherent worth and dignity of every person?
- 7. Where are you in terms of applying the atonement principle in your life?