Living the Theme: The Fire Within (Eschatology)

Reflections on Prophetic Voice (Eschatology)

Give voice to what you know to be true, and do not be afraid of being disliked or exiled. I think that’s the hard work of standing up for what you see. ~ Eve Ensler

We who have means and a voice must use them to help those who have neither. ~ Jennifer Donnelly

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. ~ Malala Yousafzai

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Silence is the residue of fear. ~ Clint Smith

Goals

Consider what our end goals are as UUs–what do we want the world to be

Look inside at our own prophetic voices

Gain inspiration from the stories of others who used their voice for good

Taking It Home

Watch “The Danger of Silence” together and talk about the line “Silence is the residue of fear.” and also the line about living with a microphone under your tongue.

Think about when and why you speak out and when you remain silent. Whose voices are being heard and whose aren’t? Consider ways you can help amplify the voices being silenced. Talk as a family about what it means to be prophetic in your actions. How are you living into your Unitarian Universalist values and how will that change the world for better?

You might institute a ritual at dinner where you each share a moment you felt strong in your prophetic voice that day, or a moment where you exercised your justice muscles and called people back into better relationship.

Our RE Stories for the Theme

“The Test” by Nathan Staples, What if Nobody Forgave, 1st Ed.

The Power of Peace: Thoreau, Gandhi, and King, from Love Connects Us, Tapestry of Faith, UUA

Fannie Barrier Williams, as told in UU Teach-In Resources