Modified on: January 3, 2019
“…to strive to become our better selves…” (from the UUCS Covenant)
It is hard to imagine a better resolution for the New Year than this:
– to face ourselves, to require ourselves to confront our blind spots and biases;
– and to honor and exercise our gifts, to share our strengths for the benefit of ourselves and others.
This would be an outstanding endeavor for a new year.
“…to strive to become our better selves…”
The strange thing about this statement is what comes right before it. In our covenant, we promise to do this work of self-development in community: “Together we covenant…” We do this with one another, for one another. In other words, as a team.
“…to respond to systems of violence and oppression / with the power of a love beyond belief…”
Nothing builds team like work. As I read the words of our covenant, our determination to build together a more livable world through the power of love, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. come to mind:
“I must oppose any attempt to gain our freedom by the methods of malice, hate, and violence that have characterized our oppressors. Hate is just as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated. Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Many of our inner conflicts are rooted in hate. This is why psychiatrists say, ‘Love or perish.’”
To summon the best in one another as we build a better world: that is our mission.
A New Year dawns. Let us challenge one another, with both honesty and kindness, to become the better selves we know we are capable of being—for the world we know is possible.
“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for [humanity] to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. [Humanity] must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech)
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