MLK: Where do we go from here?

We live in challenging, controversial times. How do we measure up? As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” What inspires us toward a future where all people are truly equal? As we celebrate the birthday of the great civil-rights leader, we welcome a return visit by former UUSM Member Mildred Pitts Walter, veteran of the civil-rights era.

By what authority?

Authority is the central question of human endeavor. When Jesus drove the buyers and sellers out from the temple, the chief priests and elders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority?” This month’s Touchstones journal suggests that “the authority for building beloved community comes from the members of a community who want to live into that new empowering vision, but a leader is needed who shares their vision.” To be effective, that leader must focus first on the “know-why” that informs the vision, then motivate others to make that vision real.

Burning Bowl / Planting Urn

As we welcome Rev. Ben Meyers back to the pulpit following his sabbatical, we welcome the new year with a multigenerational service of letting go and looking ahead. We will ritually burn away that which we wish to leave behind, and plant the seed of that which we would like to grow in the year ahead. Remember to take a poinsettia home to love!