The ‘It’ Church
This was the title given to an article in UU World, Spring 2010, to an article by UUA President, Peter Morales. www.uuworld.org/life/articles/158390.sht...
The President of the UUA, Peter Morales, has properly identified the problem faced by the UUA as a whole. That problem as he stated is that the organization lacks “religion”. Without religion the organization will decline. This is a hard pill for many to swallow but truth is truth, no matter how much people protest and debate.
There is a lot going on in the world today. Everything seems to be in a state of turmoil. Many questions need to be asked. Good workable answers need to be found. The leadership is floundering. There is a lack of direction or a workable plan. The future leaders need to step forward and take action.
The organization needs spiritual growth and dedication. Someone must take a leadership role. People must come forward to share their visions and dreams. Each of you has the opportunity to let your wishes be known. Each of you has a stake in determining the future of the UUA.
This is a time for plain talk. It is a time to propose concrete solutions. This is not a time for endless debate and bickering over the meaning of terms. This is not an intellectual exercise. The life of the organization is at stake.
Will you take a stand for what you believe?
Will you work to achieve your goals?
Can you make your church a spiritual place?
The future is in your hands.
The UUA is your organization to direct and guide. Most of you know I am not a member. I do promote the Unitarian Faith Community. My views and beliefs are well known. You are free to tell me to mind my own business. But you see, my business is the Unitarian Community. My concern is the spiritual growth and well-being of all Unitarians.
The UUA has many qualified ministers and leaders. Ask them to step forward and do what needs to be done. To make the UUA religious may initially cost you a few members. Still, a small dedicated membership can rejuvenate the whole organization.
Let’s get up-close and personal for a moment. Each congregation needs a loving minister. Ministers need to have an open door so that everyone knows there is someone who will listen. Most ministers see people by appointment instead. Few make house calls like they should.
This being said -- Most ministers work like slaves. They are grossly under paid. Many young ministers and old provide their services for free. Their noble calling keeps the churches open but also keeps them poor and unable to devote 100% to the members of their church and communities.
Churches are closed more than they are open. The fancy buildings sit unused. Few are open more than 1 or 2 days a week. Is it a wonder that the people are gone? What should be a spiritual oasis sits empty and dark.
Today more than ever the churches need to be open. The people need to meet with those who care. Support groups need to be formed. Those who love God must show they care. In small churches the members are like family. In large churches the members are an extended family. Unfortunately today -- most are dysfunctional. Strong and loving leadership is a must.
Please tell me what you think. Tell me your hopes and dreams. If not me -- then tell whomever you consider to be your spiritual or religious leader. Cast aside your fears. Work to make your church, your favorite forums, and your community a better place.
I am just one man. My mission or calling is to unite the family. The Unitarian family includes all who believe in One God regardless of where they are or how they choose to worship and serve God. I cannot do this alone. Your help is needed.
Most of the Unitarian membership has grown silent. I know many friends still read and contemplate all the writings, posts, and articles that are available. Many are loosing hope that a difference can be made. These are tough times for many people. More than ever they need a positive place they can go to for guidance and aid. We can work together to keep the dream alive.
When two or more join together -- The One is there. When alone -- The One listens to your thoughts and words. The Spirit goes forth with your concerns. Still, many of us feel isolated and alone. I am here and there are spiritual leaders in almost every community. I am sure, like me, they will be available to help.
Everyone is busy and time is precious. I or any minister cannot help unless you ask. I made a pledge many years ago to go wherever I was needed. For the Unitarian Community, I will travel to any region. This I freely do out of love in serving the children of the One.
When or if face to face contact is needed, you decide the time and place. I am willing to go wherever I am needed. The One will provide what is required. Schedule permitting, I will be there. Call when you are willing. It does not matter if you are a group of one or many. I make this promise to the children. We can work together for the good of all.
Maybe there are others willing to serve. Unless we know your needs we cannot help. Knowledge and guidance will be freely shared.
The dream of a Unitarian Community is alive. We can become a dynamic group. Even the UUA can be rejuvenated as a leading spiritual and religious organization. Together we can change our communities and through our communities the world will be changed. We can all work together as children of the One.