Welcome to a new church year! I've been thinking a lot about how much it matters, now and always, to live our UU values. Our seven principles can sometimes seem intellectual or vague or impossible. And I know it can be hard to feel like we have the power to make a difference given the magnitude of what's going on in our world.
So I'd like to help bridge the gap. Because our seven principles are a covenant, an agreement about how we're committing to live, and we live into them in the small actions of daily life, I'm committing to do a weekly post on Facebook called #smallactsbigprinciples and I invite you to join me. Let's gather together in remembering what grounds us, guides us, and reminds us of our agency in building the world we seek.
After my sermon about renewal on Sunday, it seemed wise to take my own advice and find a moment of stillness. Our third principle - accepting one another and encouraging spiritual growth - can seem pretty vague and elusive. What does it look like to encourage spiritual growth in ourselves and others?
My small act for this week was going on a hike by the water to nurture my spirit and find some quiet. And then, serendipitously (or because of algorithms), as I went to write this, a Faithify* campaign popped up in my Facebook feed. The campaign's goal is to provide spiritual support to UUs experiencing incarceration. Since our commitment is not only to our own spiritual growth, but also to supporting each other's, I made a donation to this fund.
What was your small act this week?
*Faithify is our UU specific crowd funding site