Our theme in January is prophecy. Unitarian Universalism is, and always has been, a prophetic religion which means we intervene in human history for the sake of social justice. Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker describes prophets as “brave and bold people who are willing to see what is happening, to say what is happening, and to act in accordance with what they know.”
Who is the prophet in these urgent times?
You are the prophet, for there may be no other who will speak and act now.
The prophet hears and responds to an insistent and urgent inner voice.
The prophet speaks from an internal fountain, giving voice to another’s silence.
The prophet sees and expresses in uncommon ways, upsetting the status quo.
The prophet sends the wake-up call in the present, to shape the future.
(from Benediction by Louise Green)
This month, we will examine the lives of several prophets and what they have to teach us about becoming brave and bold people: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, James Luther Adams, and the historical Jesus of Nazareth. What were they experiencing and feeling? What was their spirituality? How did all of that inform and sustain their prophetic work?
We will also explore how to be a prophetic community. Social change today requires much more than individual prophetic leaders. We all need to work together to create the Beloved Community described by Dr. King. Rev. Meg Riley, minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship reminds us that a prophetic church offers people the opportunity to co-create what is holy in the world, experience radical care, and cultivate a spiritual discipline of hope through action. How are doing that now, not just in our social justice ministry groups, but across the congregation?
So January will be a “6th Principle month” – working toward the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. Our meetings, worship services, and gatherings will help us develop the strength needed to do so.
A happy new year it is, especially when we make it so.
Much love to each of you,
P.S. Thank You!
I was so surprised to receive a birthday party after church on December 18th (my actual birthday). The gluten free cake was delicious, the dairy free and gluten free ice creams scrumptious. And the gifts! A certificate to Dragon Tree Spa, Uber rides to and from, a UUCB bumper sticker and coffee mug, and a $100 donation to the Denver Metro Sanctuary Coalition in my name. I am blessed to be in this Beloved Community, aging and growing with you. Thank you, thank you!