Monday, September 25, 2006
This week at uuworld.org: The sin of perfectionism.
David Hubner writes about the dangers of perfectionism, which may afflict religious liberals more than most. He writes:
We Unitarian Universalists gave up our Calvinist forebears' concept of Original Sin — that humanity was in its nature flawed and incapable of moving toward good. That was a positive step for a prevailing religious understanding that at the time left little room for the worthiness of human aspiration or human reason. But along the way it seems that many Unitarian Universalists and others in our culture have moved to an expectation of the possibility of human perfection that in its own way is as unrealistic and harmful, I think, as was Original Sin.
In the news this week, Don Skinner reports on more honors bestowed on the Unitarians Martha and Waitstill Sharp for their work saving refugees from the Nazis in the 1940s. The US Holocaust Museum and the US Senate honored the Sharps earlier this month, following their designation as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Authority in June. Representatives of the UU Service Committee, which the Sharps helped found, urged people to turn their attention to the ongoing genocide in Darfur.
Meanwhile, in the magazine's news blog, Sonja Cohen tracks additional coverage of the Holocaust Museum ceremony and finds a syndicated columnist defending Starr King's statue in the US Capitol, among other things.
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 25 September 2006 at 7:06 AM