UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray made a speech on 09/02/21 about something she calls "Ingathering". She reviews the obvious impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on congregations. There is no question that the experience of "church" has changed for most people from all religions and denominations around the world.
And where does this experience of the social disruption leave us UUs as a matter of faith? There was not much described. The statement seems to be more about cheerleading and maintaining organizational morale than about carrying out the mission of nurturing spiritual development in individuals, groups, communities and the world.
Unitarian Universalism is more than membership in a social club. It can be a lived faith which is actualized in our daily lives. How has our UU faith helped people manage themselves given the various stressors that the pandemic has contributed to the lives of individuals and communities?
Let me count the ways.
To be continued