“The longer I’ve been a Unitarian Universalist the more I’ve come to understand that what I need from this faith is not simply a buffet of choices and spiritual options, but rather a calling and a mission that challenges me to see beyond my own needs and concerns to those of a world that is broken by injustice, by fear, and by hatred.” Rev. Tim Temerson, “A Buffet of Choices, A Banquet of Love,” September 25, 2011. Akron Unitarian Universalist Church.
On February 1st, the Board of Trustees and the Committee on Ministry led the first church service during Rev. Bill’s sabbatical. We focused on living in community and our hopes for the next six months. We also discussed the board’s goal of expanding our impact in the area of social justice. It is our hope to move from having most of our social justice activities led by Rev. Bill to more initiatives led by the congregation. During the service we asked everyone to complete a notecard of their hopes for the sabbatical. Many people wrote of their wishes for increasing our social justice focus and especially involving our children in that work.
A newly-formed group has met twice to organize and communicate what Heritage is doing in social justice. We know we are involved in many different initiatives, but that we need to communicate and highlight all that we are doing. To that end, check out the new Heritage website to see how we are “Living our Faith.” This section of the website highlights all that we are doing. Within the next few weeks, you will also have an opportunity to complete a survey to give this group your thoughts on our church’s involvement in social justice activities. Currently, this group’s focus is on three areas: Increasing our involvement with Inter Parish Ministry, the support of Interfaith Hospitality Network, and several new activities in the area of racial justice. Check out the website for information on how you can get involved.
We would love Heritage to become known as the people in those yellow shirts (the Standing on the Side of Love shirts) as we get more involved in social justice issues in the community. In keeping with Reverend Temerson’s thoughts, “Let us find our calling and mission to see beyond our own needs.” If you would like to see Rev. Temerson’s entire sermon where he introduced Standing on the Side of Love to his congregation, go to the Akron church’s past sermons page.