The events in Ferguson, Missouri, summon us to a mindful conversation about race and justice.
The grand jury process in the case of the murder of Michael Brown, has saddened me. Blame is easy to assign, yet not fruitful. And the challenge of this situation goes far beyond Ferguson. However, as nation we have work to do to address the racism that is woven into our society at all levels and that shows itself in such stark relief, in the legal system.
The election of an African American president did not signal the end of racism but, in some ways heralded a period of anxiety and backlash. It is vital for us, as a faith community, to recognize that this is not a political issue -- any more than slavery was a political issue. Rather, it is a challenge to our core values, to the principles that we affirm and promote as a Unitarian Universalist congregation, and to the bed rock of Universalism, which speaks of a spirit of love and of the necessity for us to be the hands and voices of that love in history.
We plan to offer a timely program, followed by conversation, in the near future. Please watch the e-update and the Sunday insert for more information.
The Reverend Hilary Landau Krivchenia
Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist
Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist is a religious community that confirms, challenges and supports a diverse membership that spans all age groups, faith traditions, and an array of ethnic, political and economic experiences.
Here you will find liberal Christians, Jews, atheists, agnostics, pagans, Buddhists and other believers worshipping together, discussing their beliefs and learning from each other. We think that diversity enriches us all as we talk about a reality that none of us can possibly know completely. [Read more]
The purpose of the Church is to promote liberal religion, ensure individual freedom of conscience and restrict no one in his/her belief with creedal or doctrinal confessions.[Read more]
Our church is unique in that we do not have one set of beliefs that everyone must share in order to join. Rather, we believe in pluralistic religious ideas and the freedom of their expression. We believe that individual reason and conscience are the arbiters of religious truth. And we believe that seeking that truth is a never-ending journey. [Read more]