Wise Words, July 2020

Wise Words, July 2020

Normally at this time of the year I am plotting how many firework shows we can watch! Who is having a display on July 2nd? Who is on the 3rd (other than the boat club-too hard to get in and out)? And of course downtown Cedar Rapids on the 4th!! Who is having them on other near by days? Is the Pyrotechnics Guild International show close enough to manage later in the summer? All of those questions I pore over year after year. But not this year!

My thoughts range from how can we support the movement for fair treatment for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to how do we keep ourselves safe from COVID? And so many other worries and fears of the day! There are no easy answers to the issues that face us today! In seems the last few years we have stopped searching for solutions and instead have been looking for who to blame! It is always someone else who is at fault.

The reality is we are all at fault! These issues have not developed overnight. They have been here for a long-time and those of us with privilege have done little to stop them. Unitarian Universalist ministers Rev. Megan Foley and Rev. Theresa Soto write, “All of us need all of us to make it.” I want you to get used to those words; make them your prayer.

All of us need all of us to make it.

This is why Unitarian Universalists support the Black Lives Matter movement. Please take a moment to center the struggle for Black lives in your thoughts. Say it with me, loud or soft:

“All of us need all of us to make it.”

In a world where some of us are targeted for struggle and brutality, where others of us benefit and flourish, we pray:

“All of us need all of us to make it.”

In a world where powerful people of ill will and indifference make us fearful for our safety and our futures, we pray:

“All of us need all of us to make it.”

In the excruciating space that lives between seeing and naming, and hearing and changing, we pray:

“All of us need all of us to make it.”

Make a picture in your mind of someone you aren’t very happy with right now. Look at their face in your mind, and pray:

“All of us need all of us to make it.”

Unitarian Universalists believe that all of us need all of us to make it; this is why we are in solidarity with the movement for Black lives today and every day. Amen.

Indeed, all of us need all of us to make it!!
David