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Monday, April 16, 2007

This week at Love and membership.

Alice Blair Wesley writes that people are drawn to congregations that help them be more loving. But cultivating love isn't about being mushy:

No doubt you've heard some say we're too rational. I don't. We need to say that at our best, we are a loving people joined in a covenant to find and live out together the ways of love. But God help us if ever we suppose these ways are easy to identify, or to live out, in so complex a world as ours. God help us if we are ever embarrassed to confess that finding them and living in accordance with them requires that we think rationally about them together in our churches, hard and well.

In the news, Don Skinner reports that the UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund is launching a new drive to fund volunteer efforts in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast now that the $3.5 million raised in response to Hurricane Katrina has been distributed to relief and social justice agencies in the area. Michelle Bates Deakin reports that an anonymous donor gave $100 to each kid in the Boise UU fellowship's Coming of Class as a "pay it forward challenge"; by the end of the month, that $1,700 donation had turned into $3,475. And Sonja Cohen monitors another week of Unitarian Universalists in the media.

P.S. Did you know about UU World's MySpace page and Facebook group (membership req'd)? You can also put headlines on your blog, MySpace profile, or website; here are three different options.

Update: In honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, here is Michelle Deakin's feature story from last summer on Unitarians Martha and Waitstill Sharp, who were posthumously honored as "righteous among the nations" for their work saving almost 2,000 Jews and others from the Nazis.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 16 April 2007 at 8:45 AM

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April 16, 2007 01:40 PM | Permalink for this comment

I find very interesting that Alice Blair Wesley says that we are a loving people "to find and live out together the ways of love". I guess that this is a real challenge for some, and I hope that we all learn to live up to these high ideals every time, everywhere. And that our deeds match our words.

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