This is Susan Moerdyk’s talk from the Sunday Service a couple of weeks ago from the series “This I Believe”. This series gives People’s people a chance to experience the diversity of beliefs that make up our wonderful People’s Church and the Unitarian Universalist community.


When I first explored bonding with the Tribe of People’s people, I met with the shaman and told my story which concluded with something like…, “and so I am one of those people that is not sure what they do believe. I am much more in touch with what I don’t believe.” I was welcomed anyway.

And now a new teacher has arrived and has called upon individual members of the tribe to share, and I was in awe. The clarity with which they spoke was impressive. “What would I say, if I were to ever be called?” And then, the call came….


I believe in the blazing fire of passion, the soothing water of healing, the solid, rich foundation of earth, and the refreshing, cleansing sensation of air and breath. I believe that there are wonders in the universe above us, and around us, and that it is necessary to keep our feet grounded and stable beneath us. I believe that there is the magic of creation within each of us.

I believe that it is participating in the creative process and learning that rejuvenates the soul. Perfection of the end result is not necessarily required.

I believe in the power of unconditional love.

I believe that love, respect, and trust are the tripod of human well–‐being.

I believe that people have a right to love and bond as they will whether “society” believes it is “normal” or “not”.

I believe that all energy in the universe is connected, and that we are all a part of it. I believe that we reference it as “god” as a way to allow ourselves to grapple with the concept.

I believe that the energy of the universe requires balances, and what we put out into the world comes back to us, and not always in the ways we are seeking or on our preconceived timelines.

I believe that there are Shaman that can touch this energetic mystery and bring disconnected pieces together to create a completed circuit that generates change.

I believe that the major figures in the world’s religions are all Shaman, and represent many faces of one god, and that god cannot be anything but both masculine and feminine, as we are all elements of it.

I believe that each one of us has the capacity to be a Shaman, a leader, a inspiration…for someone.

I believe in ritual death.

I believe there can be beauty in darkness.

I believe that there is a lesson to learn or a silver lining to every adversity.

I believe in rebirth.

I believe the rebirth that I am having right now comes from singing with this congregation, and becoming connected with the musical energy of all of People’s people. I have experienced healing that I had almost lost hope would ever come.

This is the tribe I was meant to find.


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