Unitarian Universalism’s Principles, held “as strong values and moral guides,” are regarded as cornerstones of our Faith in this modern era. Chief among them is the First, which states: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” But just because we believe each of us are worthy, good, and honorable doesn’t mean we’re exempted from actually doing good (q.v. the 6th).
It’s hard to reconcile failure. Feelings that accompany it seem to linger for a while, sending plagues of restlessness and self-doubt. Perhaps failure isn’t events and choices we overcome, but a part of who we are, a part of our hope and bravery, a part of the richness of our lives, and the love we share.
The season of Lent is observed by Christians and Catholics the world over. Most simply, Lent is about preparation. What’s being prepared for, for UUs, is open to interpretation (of course). It is a season that invites us to ask how will we pledge our hearts? To whom do we gift our love? And to what will we pledge our hearts?
Do you pray? I do. All the time, actually. Sometimes I think that’s all I do. I don’t pray because I think my prayers will solve the issues that plague our shared world. So why do I pray? Why do others? This sermon is an attempt to define a theology of prayer, particularly a UU theology of prayer.
One can tell a lot about any individual or group by examining what they value, whether these values are expressed in words or actions. Often our values clash and the discussion of ‘what-is-worth-what’ can be divisive. What drives us to draw battle lines and join in the skirmish when we aren’t even sure what the issues are?