for anything, that simply dissolves into a postmodern potluck of religious /spiritual beliefs. I believe thatwe have a meta-narrative, a core that we can all share together.Curis Murphy a former youth in this congregation and current seminarian wrote in the spring issues
of the Canadian Unitarian “
As someone who grew up in this tradition I have come to feel an emptiness inall this space. In our persistent emphasis on values such as liberalism, individuality, and progress
for methese are wounded words
—we may be giving ourselves very little to which we may hold firm”. I have tosay I agree with him. He goes on “I’m delighted to know that it is probably something different for each of
us. And yet I sometimes have the impression that we put more energy into not enforcing particular beliefsthan we do into creating something worth believing. Depth, stability, and truth do not need to be rigid oroppressive. They can be warm and human, with a heartbeat. I need a center so that I can have something to
It is this Centre that Curtis talks about that I believe is our story. I think because of our roots inpolitical liberalism, and the huge value that we put into diversity we seem to overlook the need for acommunal story. This does not mean we develop a rigid lifeless creed, it seemly states that weacknowledge the commonality of our theological outlook.Our story can be a powerful one. It can also be a story that explains beyond simply a believe inpluralism.
It is a story that’s change
s and evolves as we do. It is a story that we create together.During a recent trip to Halifax as part of my work with the Student Christian Movement, we were leading aworkshop on the intersection of faith and activism.One of the participants was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church, and invited us toattend. The MCC is a Christian denomination, which
was founded in the 1970’s to be a safe place for
LGBT Christians to worship. During the service, Communion was served. Now Communion, or Eucharistis not a concept that we have within UU in the same way as in Christian denomination nor is it one that Ican say I totally understand or generally want to participate in. I feel awkward, that it is not my place totake part in another faiths religious ritual.However, as the Minister introduced that this Communion sacrament she talked about the nature of communion. That Jesus regularly broke break with misfits and outcasts. That this was symbolized in thisritual. That in this church communion is open to all. That it is a time where all are equal. That communiondestroys all hierarchy, and places all persons on the same level. That Eucarist is but one communal ritualthat connects all members to one another, to their faith, and to God. This was an explanation that resonatedwith me, so I decided to take my first communion. Know being a UU without previous Christianexperience lead me to not really know what to expect.I went up to receive it, and the server, after he gave me the host, placed his hands on me. I willadmit I was a bit confused about why he was doing this.He leaned in and started to speak affirmations for my life and me. He told me I had a beautiful soulthat I was loved, and that here was a community that would welcome and accept me for who I was.It was a moment that almost brought me to tears. Here was a complete stranger who was affirmingmy being, my inherent worth for simply being. It was here where I truly started to understand what Itmeant and the importance of being part of a story. To be part of a narrative that affirms me, and ties mylife, my story into the lives and stories of many.