Like an organization guided by a strong mission statement, a leader stays grounded in a set of core principles. Leadership is the ability to help a community stay true to the knowledge of who we are and where we’re going even as circumstances differ day by day.
Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels
One definition of power is, simply, “the ability to make change.” When old situations are changing, we need leaders to shepherd us through the change. When old situations need to change, we need visionary leaders able to get change started.
With mid-term elections on Tuesday we’re reminded of our conflicted relationship to power and authority. We are attracted to power. We admire leaders but are dismayed when leaders abuse their power. The personal & social challenges of leadership make some people who would be excellent leaders reluctant to serve.
From the broader history of our shared Unitarian and Universalist faith, today we narrow down to examining and celebrating the local history of our Long Beach church.
20th Century Unitarianism took on a strong humanist bent that continues to influence (if not define) us today. Has the humanist belief that humans have what we need to save ourselves and the world been affirmed or disproved by the events of the last Century?
The fringe Unitarian theology of Transcendentalism (which eventually took over the whole of the faith) holds that every human has the natural ability to connect directly with the divine spirit of the universe. It’s a personally liberating spirituality that is also deeply threatening to communal institutions like the church. We’ve been wrestling with that blessing and curse ever since.
The core theology of the Universalist side of our history is that God’s primary character is love, not justice. So are there no consequences, then, for evil acts? Whenever we seek to balance the opposing values of compassion and accountability we face the same theological problem.
The nominal theology of our historic faith, that God is a unity not a trinity, may seem obscure to us. The premises of that theology are still valid to our contemporary faith. We’ll look back at what Unitarian meant then, means now, and in these … read more.
We begin our church year with our annual “Ingathering” service. I’ll introduce our worship schedule for the year. We start by recognizing the special quality of the present moment and the importance of living fully where and when we are.
Lastly we arrive at the wellness dimension of the physical body, our strength and our capacity to bounce back from the demands of stress.