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living tradition is not bequeathed through some law of inheritance; it must be
earned, not without dust and heat, and not without humbling
—James Luther Adams (1901–1994), minister
Bible is holy scripture because it is a living document and foundation of many important
faiths, including Unitarian
Universalism. To abandon the Bible would mean alienation from one of the world's
most important influences on religious thought—liberal and otherwise. Our UU
[Unitarian Universalist] Principles and Purposes are saturated
with biblical concepts and ideals. Our concept of respect for the web of
existence, for instance, emanates from a stream of thought that flows through
the Psalms and the Prophets from that same God of Genesis who declared the
goodness of creation."
—David McFarland, minister
are a gentle and generous people. But let us not forget our anger. May it fuel
not only our com-mitment to compassion but also our commitment to make
fundamental changes. Our vision of the Beloved Community must stand against a
vision that would allow the privilege of the few to be accepted as just and even
holy. Our religious vision must again and again ask the Gospel question 'Who is
my neighbor' and strive always to include more and more of us as we intone the
words that gave birth to this nation, 'We the people...'
We are, and we should be, both a gentle, and an angry people."
—William Sinkford, minister
is our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to
—Forrest Church, minister
we should realize that our need is not to 'find something to believe'—but rather to
discover that our lives indicate what we believe right now. This is the
place to start."
—Edith Hunter, religious educator
have to 'leave home,' in a sense, leave our comfortable ways of being, to find
ourselves and our calling. We need to develop a passionate discontent, an anger
that picks us up and shakes us by the neck and will not let us go. The Holy
Spirit, you know, is not on the side of order and stability."
—Marilyn Sewell, minister
renaissance for human dignity is moving forward, helping not only the oppressed
but also the oppressor to find the God within."
—Eugene Sparrow (1921–1978), minister