Oct. 14, 2020

Dear Ones,

This week we have been listening to the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.  Well, some of us have.  One of the big issues for many people is whether or not the nominee’s faith will play a role in her judicial decision-making.

This is a legitimate concern.  Is it possible for a person of faith who holds sincere religious convictions to act in any way other than that which their faith tells them is right?  For many people, there is no higher authority than what some call “God.” Even with respect to secular matters, their religious faith guides them in all that they do.  But what of the impact on people who have different ideas about God, or whether or not there is a God at all?

But what underlies many of the questions posed during the hearings is something that we UUs should think about.  We should ask ourselves, “what does our faith tell us to do?”  How firm is our belief, and how does it guide us? What happens when our faith requires that we do something that is out of favor with those around us? CVUU recognizes eight Principles of Unitarian Universalism.  They do not demand compliance from us, but they are something we should aspire to in the way we live our lives. While we may not always agree with the sincerely held religious beliefs of others and will advocate fiercely so that those beliefs will not infringe on our rights or otherwise cause harm to people, it is not impossible to understand how faith can move people to act.  

I look forward to seeing you at the Check-In and Chat on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Don’t forget, on October 26th at 6:00pm, we will reflect on the theme of Deep Listening.  Please come and share your thoughts.

And as we continue to explore Deep Listening, we should not forget to listen to that voice from within and ask ourselves what it tells us to do?  Spend some time thinking about the different things you listen to, and keep in mind this advice from Alicia Keys:

In peace and love,
Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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