In fact, history reveals that increasing the quantity and quality of spiritual experience in a given social context results in cultural evolution. In other words, spiritual experience, broadly understood, is what causes consciousness to evolve. And when consciousness evolves among a critical mass of people, their larger culture also evolves in the process. Our personal encounters with a transcendent or infinite dimension of reality can therefore have indirect political implications. Accordingly, as I will argue, deepening our understanding of what spiritual experience is and how it can be fostered in ourselves and others is one of the most direct ways we can make the world a better place.
McIntosh, Steve. The Presence of the Infinite . Quest Books. P.2
Stephen Gaskin said one time that the only thing we have to give to another human being is our own state of being. And what happens when we share our best selves with one another? Does this happen in our Unitarian Universalist congregations?
The sharing of our best selves seems rare in UU as compared to other religious institutions, traditions, and practices. Why?
There are many reasons. Perhaps one of the most fundamental is the lack of mission and vision. From where will a clarity of mission and vision come?