Highlights from 2014-15 columns: 5-6-2015

Social Justice Pillar Focus on Peace

Have you taken time to stop and smell the flowers even as we rush headlong towards the end of the church year, the school year, and barrel towards summer?

It is important no matter the season or the reason to take time to breathe and let our thoughts settle, our emotions move through us whether they are filled with exuberance or sadness. Savor the moment, feel it, taste it, hear it, flow with it.

There is a lot going on during May. Be sure to find moments of Peace.

Speaking of “Peace” – that is our theme in CRE this month. The Lao Tzu poem, #602 in the grey hymnal, reminds us that “If there is to be peace in the world, …There must be peace in the heart.” And everywhere in between.

  • The FCB tradition of having an intergenerational tea, inviting the congregations elders and sages to be served tea and eats by the younger children, was a delight by all accounts. There must be peace between the generations.
  • Mother’s Day was originally conceived as an anti-war action by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe, and promoted by Anna Jarvis in memory of her mother’s efforts on behalf of soldiers on both sides of the War Between the States. In my family tradition, we would go visit the Como Park Conservatory on Mother’s Day to see the spring flower show – we stopped to smell the flowers as a family. As luck will have it, some of my family could take this tradition up again this year since my sister lives nearby and the family dinner will be at her house. There must be peace in our homes.
  • Unitarian Universalist Association sponsored “Standing on the Side of Love” (SSL) is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. SSL has been actively working for healthy relationships and conversations around faith, race and justice in the midst of protests and riots, the painful response to a “justice” system that mocks the meaning of justice. But without peace, there still won’t be any justice. The power of love starts in our own hearts and radiates out to all who are marginalized and oppressed. We stand in solidarity with those who are different than us; there is diversity in unity. There must be peace between neighbors, peace in cities and nations.
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