The fourth principle

This past summer, I along with many of the other members of my church’s young adult group, The Young Adults(AKA The Noble Birds), put on a Sunday morning worship service. It was on the seven Unitarian Universalist principles and their sources,

The Principles and Sources of Our Religious Faith

Principals

We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote:

· the inherent worth and dignity of every person;
· justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
· acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
· a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
· the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
· the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
· respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Sources

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

· direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
· words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
· wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
· Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves;
· Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
· spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.”

and was called “The Passion of The Principles”a play one the name of the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of The Christ”. I spoke on the fourth principal “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”. And this is what I said:
“Erroll J Bailey’s elderly character “Junior” from his novel “Mr. Dream Merchant” said it best when speaking to his young teenage student “Chase”, and I quot “You see, in this world, all of us are born human beings. Yet unless we are also deeply rooted in spirituality, our gift is lost. We then fall into the state that I chose to call human doing.” He was referring to a relationship with God and his holy work but I think this can be said for all things to which one may encounter in life to which they may find to bring them a feeling of spiritual, ah, reevaluation or incite. But I would also advise that people watch out fore how they go about this being spiritually aware because if not careful they can inhibit others from folly exploring what they may derive spiritual benefit from, whether that is a physical place, a phenomenon or object, like a mountain, hosing subdivision, a sunset, or even a piece of writing. Junior also gos on to say to his young teenage student, “Tomorrow, you must observe-watch people. Listen. Be aware of how many people are occupied with doing, doing, doing. People are obsessed with the doing of the journey, not the being of the journey. They have all forgotten how to be.” I Would like you all here today to try over the next few days to watch the folks around you and I think you will find this to be trow. And further Chase responds by saying “Mane, this is some deep stuff”. Yes this is some deep stuff, but listen to how Junior responds to Chase. Yes he instructs Chase to. “Listen and observe. You will find that most people think that growth in life is acquiring material possessions. It is sad that they are controlled with such an obsession. As well if you would as you observe people doing instead of being also try to be aware to the fact that many are also in a rush to have the next big fiscal item like a flat panel plasma TV, thus giving them little time, to be spiritual beings, and thereby casing the world to be filed with many more unsatisfied, as Junior would say “human doings”. So I will end with this poem I have written, one entitled “Life, Death And Living”, which is all about the act of living life and its eventual end.

People are born with the inevitable fact that they will die hanging over their head
Some of them try to prolong life
Others seem to have no respect for those living it
Still others go throw it with out even experiencing its full potential
And wen the time comes for death people die whether their willing or not
Some are remembered but must are slowly forgotten
People are born with the inevitable fact that they will die hanging over their heads

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