Dear People’s People,
One of the major themes of my life in recent weeks is remembering that I am not always at the center of my own story. I have learned that from the shifting conversation about sanctuary—where I encouraged us to explore one idea only to learn that some of the people we were hoping to help would like something very different from us. (Please come to the conversation to learn more on May 7 at 1pm.) I have learned this when the needs of my family become more important than the work of ministry—and I had to change some well-made plans. Thanks to all of you who have been flexible with DeForest’s recent cases of pink eye and my being called out of town in early May for a family funeral. (Brian’s grandmother passed away after a slow decline.) We really are, for better or worse, connected in a web of interdependence.
I have also been thinking about this a lot as I prepare worship for our #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn Sunday on May 7. White Supremacy is a term that I struggle to use—and feels hard to apply to the Unitarian Universalist Association. Yet, the UU People of Color who have called on Unitarian Universalist Congregations to address the recent hiring controversy at the UUA and the culture of Unitarian Universalism more broadly have used the words ‘white supremacy’ to describe their experience. I choose to trust them, to do what they have called us to do, and use the words they call on us to use, even though it makes me uncomfortable. I hope you join me for this service as we join with over 500 other congregations that will be having #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn services over the next few weeks.
Sometimes, being interdependent is beautiful. Sometimes it involves a lot of logistics and rearranging plans. Sometimes, it leads us in directions we would not go willingly by ourselves where we discover new things about ourselves and our world. Sometimes it does all three. I believe the service on May 7th has the potential to do all three.
See you in church,