Showing posts with label Second source. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Second source. Show all posts

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Artists often function as prophetic women and men UU's second source

The function of the artist, according to Kurt Vonnegut, is to make people like life better than they did before.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Manny, an environmental engineering student, is a good example of a prophetic man exemplifying our UU second source

The second source of the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism is the words and deeds of prophetic men and women. The second principle of Unitarian Universalism is to affirm and promote the respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

Manny the son of Cuban immigrants has entered college this fall, 2016 at MIT to study environmental engineering because he wants to save the world from the negative impacts of global warming. Manny's story is one of hope, determination, and commitment to making the world a better place that is very inspiring. Manny is a good example of a prophetic man who by his word and deeds works to transform the world. To learn more about Manny's story click here.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

As a Unitarian Universalist you are called to be a prophet

The second source of the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism is the words and deeds of prophetic men and women and for those who call themselves Unitarian Universalists they all are prophets if they are living their faith and not just spectating.

If we are to create happy lives for ourselves and leave the world a little better place when we leave than what we found upon our arrival, we must become consciously aware of our faith. Our faith is what matters most to us when its all said and done.

It is said that some people do not have faith and are agnostic or atheist, but the fact of the matter is that we all have faith in something. To become more conscious of your own faith consider this question, "What matters the most to me in my life is ___________." However you filled in the blank is the basis of your faith.

The faith of Unitarian Universalism is crystallized it its seven principles and six sources. To share the good news of the UU faith, one has to believe it him/herself. As it says in A Course In Miracles, we learn what we teach, and so if we would become more confident and secure in our UU faith we should teach it to others and therein is the role of prophecy.

Who have you shared your UU faith with today, this week, this month? We can transform the world if we followed the simple idea of "each one, teach one." It is in the teaching, and showing the example of our lives that we prophecy.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Redemption involves a genuine apology and making of amends

This short video was published on Sep 15, 2016 by Upworthy and Story Corps about the story of a woman's great-grandmother about an America we should never forget.

The living tradition of Unitarian Universalism includes the second of six sources "words and deeds of prophetic men and women which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love."

Sometimes one of the most powerful things we can do is bear witness. While this story is painful to hear and watch, it reminds us of the injustice perpetrated in our county which has never been redeemed.

The second of of our UU seven principles asks us to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. One possible response to the great-granddaughters anger might be a genuine apology for the harm that has been perpetrated against her family and the making of amends.

It seems troubling that in 2016 we still are having to be told that "black lives matter."

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