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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Congregational resource for welcoming military members.

The Unitarian Universalist Association's Office for Advocacy and Witness has developed a resource guide to help UU congregations do a better job of welcoming military veterans, members of the armed forces, and their families. The guide observes:

Honest differences about difficult moral choices have always been part of our congregational life. Yet the lived experience of UU families in our congregations suggests that we are falling short of being welcoming places for all. In particular, families have reported treatment that seems to be unfairly based on stereotypes of people in the military and their families.

I'm also intrigued by the way the announcement of this resource connects it to Palm Sunday:

The ministry and outreach that congregations can provide parallels the palms that were laid on the street to welcome Jesus as he entered the city of Jerusalem on what we now know as Palm Sunday. While Jerusalem would become a place of suffering for Jesus, through our efforts we can ensure that our congregations and communities are places of ongoing welcome, healing, and support.

("UUA Offers Materials on Welcoming Military Members into Congregations and Prepares to Mark 2nd Anniversary of Iraq War," UUS-L 3.17.05)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 17 March 2005 at 5:37 PM

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March 18, 2005 10:35 AM | Permalink for this comment

I like the idea overall, but the Palm Sunday thing needed another think-through.



March 18, 2005 04:18 PM | Permalink for this comment

Interesting issue. Not being a UU (I'm the latter, but not the former), I'm not familiar with the church culture of Unitarians, but it's sad that some congregants would rather see the stereotype than the soldier, as it were.

Of course, perspective is important: try being in vocal opposition to the Iraq invasion at an SBC church and see what happens. The "Church Militant," indeed!

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