I have never been prouder of this congregation, nor more proud to serve as its minister, than on Saturday, January 21, when nearly 100 souls who are in some way connected to Heritage Church (members, not-quite-yet-members, former members, spouses and partners, children and parents and grandparents…) marched in the largest coordinated protest in the history of this great nation. At least 50 HUUC’ers were among those marching in the sister march here in Cincinnati, while an incredible 40 folks journeyed to Washington, D.C., to be on the Mall and in front of the Capitol, speaking truth to power and standing on the side of love.
Though our Heritage contingent to the nation’s capital was splintered – some went together on buses, others traveled in cars with family or friends – and meeting up proved well-nigh impossible in the crowd of a million or more people, each person I have spoken with came home (whether from Washington. D.C., or Washington Park) inspired and committed to stay the course as we continue to fight for our UU principles and values: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. The inherent worth and dignity of all people. Respect for the interdependent web of existence.
When persons of one particular gender, faith, race, ethnicity or sexuality (to name just a few) are singled out for discrimination and oppression, we choose to stand up, and stand on the side of love. I believe the Women’s March on Washington (and the sister solidarity marches that took place all over this country, and in fact all over the world, on January 21) will mark an important turning point in American, and human, history.
May we harness that energy, that enthusiasm, and that profound commitment to justice as we move forward. Always forward, never back!
I hope to see you at church soon.