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Both of these religious beliefs and our own understandings of Unitarian Universalist values imply an inherent interconnectedness of nature and all life. Ursula Goodenough writes that this connectedness is in a sense a religion in itself – the sacredness of this web. That we are not connected merely by the food chain or by the balance of our ecosystems but also of a common ancestor
This Sunday we explore the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. What meaning does it hold for our Muslim neighbors? What are the spiritual gifts of this sacred time? And what meaning can it hold for us as Unitarian Universalists?
In the Christian story, this man who embodied faith and love had such an enormous capacity for hope that not even through torture, not even through death, could this be deterred. Even after death hope was resurrected – transcending life, transcending this mortal world. As he rose from the dead and ascended to heaven so too was hope reborn, so too did promise rise.
They were a suffering people, and they were a determined people. They were a people in bondage, and they were a people of faith. The Israelites lived a life of enslavement to the Egyptians, and yet what we celebrate today is their journey towards freedom. We celebrate their commitment to that which was much bigger than their individual selves – their God and their community and their faith. Their commitment to a better life. We celebrate their exodus – the flight of the Hebrew slaves, a people who freed themselves from bondage and created a nation.
I wonder about those pieces of identity that can’t be a part of a physical mosaic but that nonetheless work to create who we are as a faith – a wealth of religious backgrounds or no religious background, a tapestry of theologies, a patchwork of needs, desires, and expectations, a vibrant bouquet of races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, physical abilities, state of mental well-being, addicted or sober – here and held firmly together by covenant – by that hardy, dependable, stable grout. In this way, when we commit to our faith, when we commit to this church, we commit to the interconnectedness of it all.