Beginning Where We Are: Unitarian Universalism in the 21st Century.
Disconnection: the state of being isolated or detached; the act of detaching one thing from another.
Our disconnect defines us.
What and who we are connected to (and conversely what and who we are disconnected from) stakes out the ground of possibility.
Our climate’s current crisis is tolerable only when we disconnect our lives (and the lives of those at the margins) from the countless species and ecosystems that sustain us.
Racism can only exist when a society severs the cord of shared humanity between persons.
Look to any of the days pressing social crisis — addition, loneliness, gun violence, mental health care, political polarization — disconnection is at its root.
Collectively and individually we are disconnected from… our truest selves… our neighbours and the gifts and growth they would bring…those who are different from us….from our niche on our this planet's ecosystem.
As Laurie a member of our congregation writes:
Fear — that I am not worthy enough; that there is not enough for everyone; of being hurt again — is what drives disconnection. If I know the inherent value and worth of myself, as well as everyone/everything else; if I trust that the Universe/God/Goddess/Love will provide a way for us to get what we need (apart from our cultural greed and demands); if I accept that we are all doing the best we can with what we have in any given moment or situation: THEN I can enter the realm of possibility, celebrate both similarities and differences, and learn and grow together in interdependence with all. Some call this faith, hope, or love. It can be found through nearly every positive belief system on the planet.
Unitarian Universalism brings an antidote, a lens, a correcting impulse to this rampant disconnection: Interdependence.
The radical notion that we all go together. That our work is to join with the forces that seek to knit us all — human and non-human alike — into a single garment of destiny where no one is left out and all thrive.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed:
“We must all learn to live together as [siblings] or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way God’s [/Love’s] universe is made; this is the way it is structured.”
Interdependence is the way and the goal. It is the messy yet transformative practice building relationships that live at the intersection where the love of self, other and the whole world converge. For only there, is it possible to risk the highest good: that all beings might find wholeness and true belonging.