Sunday, September 15, 2019
Everyone clapped and expressed immense satisfaction at their cleverness, goodness, and benevolence.
Our reporter said she asked members of the congregation at the coffee hour what the vision meant to them.
Jasper said, "It's wonderful that people here are so wonderful and I think their wonderfulness will spread. It's infectious you know."
Linda joined in and said, "We have the most wonderful group of people who are so welcoming to everyone as long as they act right."
Helen agreed, "Yes, our pastor is so wonderful and she encourages everyone to share and be kind to everyone.
Our reported asked why the congregation was so small if it was so wonderful.
Art said, "Well, most people don't get it. The more cynical world calls us liberal do gooders and scoffs. I suppose, in a way, they are right. I was told, 'If you folks don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.' and we do tend to fall for just about anything because we think it is important to get along and sometimes you have to go along to get along. You know what I mean?"
Betsy said, "Yeah, we're not looking for trouble with anyone. We encourag people to leave their drama at the door. The one thing we don't do well with is conflict."
Jasper said, "Conflict is a deal breaker and UUs are big on schism. They tend to avoid conflict and just walk out the door and don't come back."
Our reporter asked, "Is it realistic to think that people can have loving and welcoming connections all the time?"
Kevin said, "No probably not, but we don't like to talk about it."
So, our reporter reported that the one thing that is not welcome in the First UU vision is conflict and disagreement and if it comes up people damn well better be nice about it or they can leave.
That's the way it has been this past week at UU A Way of Life where all the men are nice, all the women are wonderful, and all the children play quietly with each other sharing their toys generously.