This month, we consider the seventh principle that Unitarian Universalist
congregations affirm and promote: ―respect for the interdependent web of all
existence of which we are a part‖. As Whitman reminds us, the fact that we are
interconnected is staggeringly awesome. Everything on earth is the residue of cosmic
stardust. Everything on earth is amazing, because we (we, people, we cows, we
blades of grass), are nothing less than the interplay of time and space, to the tune of a
cosmic attraction we may as well call love.
It kinda puts out to pasture the idea that we UUs ―aren’t all that religious,‖ doesn’t it?
I invite each of us this month to find a way to enjoy the interconnectedness of
existence. Plant bulbs in the soil and feel the deep relationship between you and the
earth. Read an old book and think about how you are connected to people who lived
hundreds of years ago, and to people who have not yet been born. Set aside enough
time to pet a cat properly. Contemplate a blackberry. Make love to your partner.
Pretty much every act of our lives is an act of interconnection. Our spiritual task is to
realize this fact, and appreciate it.
This month is also the end of our pledge campaign and our focus on stewardship.
Stewardship is essentially the seventh principle in action, honoring your connection
to the things you vale the most. To be a steward means to protect or care for
something. This congregation is protected and cared for by its members and friends.
You are responsible for its survival, you help it to grow. It is your love – made real
by commitment, action, and yes, money – that makes this community possible. And
not just for each other, but for those who will one day need it, whether that day be
next Sunday, or 50 years from now.
We are asking our members and friends to consider a generous pledge: some pledge
5-10% of income, even 3% would help us connect with others in a way that fosters
understanding, tolerance, and justice. We may not be able to leave the next