A few weeks ago at after service coffee I mentioned that I think there should
be a few worker owned businesses and worker co-ops in the mix. I was asked if I
was a socialist. After a few stuttering moments I replied that I was in a way,
but with reservations. After some reflection, I found that I am uncomfortable
with names and titles. Words such as socialist, liberal, Democrat, Republican,
conservative, right winger and others are easy to attach to people and make it
easy for us pre judge and disregard them. Everyone should be judged on their own
merits, not on an easily tacked on handle.
There is, however, one name that I am extremely comfortable with and that is
Universalist. The origin of our Universalist heritage is the belief in universal
salvation. No creed or belief is necessary in order for a person to be loved by
God or welcome to his kingdom. Each and every person is deserving of love and
respect. Every person has a voice to contribute to the conversation, whether we
agree with them or not. They deserve our respect, whether we like them or not.
That doesn’t mean we should give up our part of the conversation. We, as
Unitarian Universalists, have something important to say. We need to get excited
about our message, get emotional. Unitarian Universalism is our religion. It is
something that most of us have made a rational choice to become. If we don’t get
our message out there into the conversation, others will not have that choice.
It is our responsibility to let people know what all of their options are so
that they can make informed decision.
It’s the holiday season. As we spend time with our friends, families, and
associations, we need to avoid labeling people and recognize them as the
sovereigns they are. They are the children of the earth, our sisters and
In the new year, which we are preparing for right now, let’s follow a path
created with what we say we believe. The UU principles are our guide and an idea
that should be applied to all situations. Let’s walk our talk. I’m sure going to