Unitarian Universalist congregations are part of a broader community. Even as we do the work of inner transformation, we can and must reach beyond our walls to be in relationship with other faiths and civic organizations. Our is a public faith, with a public face.
While the work that we do in our individual searches for truth and meaning in the world is vital and transformative, it is not enough. The problems we face as a society and a planet are too big for any one person, or one congregation, to take on. We must partner with organizations and faith communities beyond our own walls to work towards a better world. In doing so, we also grow in our own internal journeys.
I saw this happen in Baltimore, in our work with the Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality (BRIDGE), an organization of faith communities in Baltimore working for economic justice. At UUCSR, our congregation works closely with the Islamic Center of Long Island and other organizations to respond to a proactively address Islamophobia and hate crimes on the Island.
This is work that I am passionate about. This spring I attended the Gamaliel organization's national training for community organizers. I am excited to pursue their model of congregation-based community organizing further.