Sharing Our Gifts
Today I attended the UUJAZ Day at the Legislature. It is powerful to come together! A number of UU leaders from all over the state prepared us for this day, researching legislation, making appointments with legislators from all districts, organizing an educational day for us. For me, a little intimidated by the nitty gritty of the democratic process, it was emboldening.
We met with our District 1 Senator Karen Fann and shared our passion for public education and equal justice for immigrants. She was probably not moved, but we raised our voices. Watching the House session was quite illuminating! We learned quite a bit about how to effectively engage the political process in different ways, from our UU colleagues. Sharing our gifts. UUJAZ brings us together for standing on the side of love.
It takes all of our gifts for this congregation and this faith to flourish. Singers, musicians, writers, teachers, organizers, activists, contemplatives, energizers, cooks, electricians, landscapers, philanthropists... Consider inviting a friend or neighbor to worship, so that we can share our gifts with them, and they might consider sharing their gifts with us.
This has been a life-giving faith for many of us, even life-saving for some. As we grow in numbers, diversity, and talent, the power of our faith to stand on the side of love grows too. The world needs us to share our gifts. The visionary minister Howard Thurman said, “Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Yours in life and love, Rev. Karla