I was proud to be a UU this week when I followed a link on our congregation’s Facebook page to the UUA website and learned that in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the Ware Lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly in Hollywood, Florida. The title of the speech was “Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution“.
In his speech, King notes: “One of the great misfortunes of history is that all too many individuals and institutions find themselves in a great period of change and yet fail to achieve the new attitudes and outlooks that the new situation demands.”
I think it’s safe to claim that, be it still or once again, we find ourselves in a period of change and upheaval. It’s important for us, both as individuals and as part of institutions such as the UUA and UUCBG, to stay awake and keep our institutions awake as well. For me, the observations MLK made in that 1966 Ware Lecture about the role of faith communities still resonate:
The great question is, what do we do when we find ourselves in such a period? Certainly, the church has a great responsibility because when the church is true to its nature, it stands as a moral guardian of the community and of society. It has always been the role of the church to broaden horizons, to challenge the status quo, and to question and break mores if necessary. I’m sure that we all agree that the church has a major role to play in this period of social change.
Traditionally within Unitarian Universalism, we choose social issues for study, reflection, and action. Working on these issues can keep us awake–as individuals, as congregations, and as a denomination—so that we can fulfill our role in a time of change.
As you may have noticed in the Voter Guide for our Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 24, members of our congregation will have an opportunity to weigh in on these Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs). Delegates to the General Assembly this June will choose the issue to be focused on during the next four years.
So exercise your privilege and responsibility as a member of this congregation by coming to our Congregational Meeting and helping us stay awake. You can also get a jump on your Chalica practice for Principle #5 by participating in a democratic process.
See you on Sunday, January 24!.
Susan Webb, Board President