Today, I officially begin my term as President of Mountain Light UUC. I accepted the nomination because, as someone who pays attention to auras, I am certain that you all are wonderful, well-meaning people, whom it will be my privilege to serve. As such, I promise to honor our covenant and assume good will on your part, even when I may find myself significantly disagreeing with your opinion.
To do that, I must truly listen. If at any point that it seems that I am not “hearing” you, then please gently remind me of this, my promise to you.
I hope to lead our congregation through a year of growth, bettering our commitment to social justice and enriching our spirituality along the way. To do this, we will need to embrace our Seven Principals, take them to heart. Just as importantly, we must put our beliefs into action and be involved as much as we are able and willing. Therefore, consider this your invitation to join us in service. Find any of our leaders and tell them what you are capable of doing, and ask them how you might do it. We need you if we are to succeed in being a Beloved Community.
To me, that phrase is not just a well-crafted slogan. It denotes a family of kind and considerate people who respect one another in spite of our differences. Moreover, it is an ever-expanding tribe made stronger by those very differences. Equally important, it is a place where we find refuge from the turmoil beyond our control, “out there in the world”, that greater community that sometimes seems to divide us.
Beloved Community, however, is not localized phenomenon. It is something that permeates our souls. Let us remember that in our interactions, with one another and with those not yet understanding this fact. This is our “Good News”. May we spread it together in the coming year, and years after.
Kasey Castleberry, President, Communications Coordinator
Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else’s religion practiced on us. ~ John Irving