With the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice who uses religion as a reason to put all kinds of marginalized people at risk, my small act for this week is to offer free weddings to people (especially queer folx) who are feeling the need to get married as soon as possible.
I offer this not only because, as a minister, I am a legally credible wedding officiant, but also because, as a minister and a Unitarian Universalist, I reject the idea that religious ideals should be used as a cover for violence. I believe it matters to push back against this, to claim proudly and tangibly that my religion calls me to actively support marginalized people.
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm that there are many paths to wisdom, many religions and teachings that speak of the holy. AND as Universalists, we reject point blank the idea that any person is less human than anyone else, less worthy of dignity and care. Our very first principle calls us to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
As people of faith, the question is how we can use our particular skills and connections to protect the people who are put in harm's way. I can officiate weddings and right now that's an asset for protecting people.
What can you do - what is your small act this week? - Rev. Laurel