Saturday, August 20, 2011

Unitarian Universalist congregations are Holy ground.

The third principle of Unitarian Universalism is the covenant to affirm and promote "Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation."

It says in A Course In Miracles in the Manual for Teachers :

“When pupil and teacher come together, a teaching-learning situation begins. For the teacher is not really the one who does the teaching. God’s Teacher speaks to any two who join for learning purposes. The relationship is holy because of that purpose, and God has promised to send His spirit into any holy relationship."

Jesus says in the New Testament where two or more are gathered in my name there I will be. I think ACIM clarifies what Jesus meant when he said this. When two or more come together to help each other learn more about the spiritual level of life, God (the Spirit of Life) is there to not just assist but to work through the relationship for the benefit of the two participants and the world.

People "go to church" for various reasons and the clarity of purpose is important to the experience. When I asked a member of my congregation why people should come to church I kiddingly said that, having been raised a Roman Catholic, I was taught as a child, if I didn't go to church on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation it was a mortal sin and I would go to hell. I said, "Of course I don't believe this any more so why go to church?" She never missed a beat and said simply and plainly, "Because someone there might need you."

Yes, and it responding to their need I help myself as well as them and the world is moved one step closer to the At-one-ment.

Pax vobiscum.

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