From the President, March 2020
One of my quirky favorite movies is “The Razor’s Edge” that tells the story of a man in search of answers to life. I suppose I was in search of wisdom back in Guatemala in the early ’90s, because I read esoteric books and questioned things beyond my sheltered life.
When I was in the Peace Corps I was exposed to people from Central America and from many US states. The sharp contrast meant I either had to defend my definition of myself, or listen to what the universe was telling me about the basic principles humans have in dealing with others.
I read a lot, traveled, and tried to keep my mouth shut and my ears open. Looking back, that was the most educational time in terms of learning about myself. And it was painful because I could not always rationalize why I was the way I was. I read Zen quotes and mini-stories. Carlos Castaneda and others that I didn’t even know existed. When the student is ready, the master appears kind of was true.
So it was no huge leap to Unitarian Universalism when my girlfriend Brenda suggested we go to her church. It had been there all along with these wonderful people full of wisdom from different perspectives in life.
I still love stories that tell an angle on life that make me think. And I love quotes because in a short snippet, a sermon is passed on. So, here is a good one:
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
PCUU Board President