Our Own Myth, Unfolding
Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
—Rev. Howard Thurman
Who told us that we would be powerless? Why do we so often go on believing that we are?
This past year, our board voted to add our congregation’s name to an Amicus Brief connected to the legal action in support of equal marriage. That amicus brief, joined the legions of actions taken over the centuries, and brought about a legal victory. The ban on same sex marriage in Virginia has been declared unconstitutional. Our congregation played a role at the pivotal moment. Our power helped to move a mountain.
“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth,” says the poet Jalal al din Rumi. Unitarian Universalists too often downplay our capacity. We imagine ourselves a “small” religion, with few adherents and little power. We imagine that only a small segment of the population would be drawn to our worship, our community, our vision. We “story” ourselves as weak, and we live into that story. It’s time... in fact it’s long been time that we unfolded our own myth.
A friend asks you: “what kind of church do you attend?” What story will you tell?
- [A] I go to a small church that isn’t really like a church, where y… More...