Greetings Beloved Community!
As of this writing, the power has not been shut off yet, so cross your fingers we all weather this windy time in our area. If you do have you power shut off, know that this is a community that might be able to help. We can use this time to lean on each other and help each other in times of need.
This week is an important week. Matthew Shepard died 21 years ago on October 6th. Yom Kippur is today, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Friday the 11th is National Coming Out Day and this Sunday we will be hosting J Mase III as he speaks about being Transqueer and reads excerpts of his book and his poetry. And to add to all of this next Monday is Indigenous People’s day for those of us who reject the previous honoree.
For LBGTQ+ folks, there’s a lot happening that personally affects them. I want to honor that. It is amazing in some ways how much our nation has grown. When I speak with younger generations they don’t see what the big deal is regarding gender, accept all categories of gender and are not fazed by people’s identities. And then there are some of my relatives in the Midwest, older than me, who won’t even watch the Ellen DeGeneres Show because they don’t approve of her lifestyle. When I look at the difference in generations, it gives me hope. There is more acceptance, more compassion, more acknowledgement of people’s true identities. Yes there are those still who ridicule, torment and hate. There are those who refuse to change their beliefs no matter what the proof. It is our job however to always be tolerant without derision, strong in our belief of our Seven Principles, courageous to speak truth to power, and engaged in the task to create a world more fair, more loving, more unified. Even when it feels impossible. Even when it feels awkward, even when we feel we just can’t do it.
It is our job to strive to understand. It is our job, even when it feels too hard or too complicated or just too much. Even when we feel we just don’t have the energy to do the work. As Unitarian Universalists, we can stand together to do this work, just like our hymn #1021 Lean on Me. Together we can accomplish so much more.
I urge you to attend this Sunday evening when J Mase III comes to Cole Hall to speak to us about being Transgender, about being African American. We can learn how to have the courage, we can learn how to walk alongside the shoes of another. We can’t walk in them many times, but we can walk alongside. That is our job.
Blessings to you all,