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Toward a Place of Wholeness

We are Unitarian Universalists.
When we lift up our Seven Principles, some of us think of them as a form of theology—but they are more important to our collective than that:
they do not tell us what we should believe; they tell us how we should be.
They tell us how we should act in the larger world and with each other.

We are brought here today by the fact that Unitarian Universalism has fallen short of the image that was presented to the world, and to many of those who embraced this religion.
But we are also brought here today by the truth that Unitarian Universalism has shifted course to move toward a place of wholeness: a place that perhaps never existed for us as a denomination.

It has been a long, and sometimes unforgiving road to today. But we are here today because we are mindful of that past, and because we have hope for the future. We want the practice of this faith to be a fulfilling manifestation of its promise.

Open your hearts. Seek new ways of understanding.
Come, let us worship together.

This call to worship was written for The Promise and the Practice.

About the Author

Viola Abbitt

Rev. Viola Abbitt is the minister at Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists in Virginia Beach, VA. She is currently a member of the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee of the UUA and the Board of UU Wellspring, Inc.

For more information contact worshipweb@uua.org.

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What is The Promise and the Practice? It's a turning moment; a choice to listen deeply to the stories in our movement that have not been heard, and taken to heart, by all Unitarian Universalists.

It’s a lamenting of what our Unitarian Universalist tradition and congregations have lost by being unable – or unwilling – to center people of color (or even, at times, to merely include them).

The Promise and the Practice is a celebration of our shared commitment to live into a new chapter in the story of our UU faith.

A full set of worship & RE materials is available for your Promise & Practice Sunday!