Living the Theme: World on Fire (Missiology)

Reflections on Missiology

The word “missiology” is from the same root as missive and message — the calling to bring something to others, to the world — and to receive, as well, what others bring to us. ~ Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

There are two alternatives, and only two, before us. First, which is unlikely, is that we unscramble our modern interdependent culture, returning to separate and isolationist lives. . . Such a world would not demand greatness. The other alternative is to so expand our spiritual powers that we vastly increase the range of our understanding and sympathy. There is no middle way. It is greatness — universalism — or perish. ~ Clarence Russell Skinner

Platinum Rule: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them, not as you would have them do unto you.

If the house of the world is dark, Love will find a way to create windows. ~ Rumi

Goals

To understand that justice work is part of our UU theology, not separate

To consider how we view the world, what we give and what we get from our interactions with others

Taking It Home

It is easier to close our eyes to the struggles we see around us daily. Challenge yourself and your family to open the windows and practice seeing other people and their situations, building empathy and compassion.  Work together to discover where your passion and UU values cross and take action. Find an activity your family can do that puts you out in the community. Volunteer at a local food pantry or at Live Oak on their food distribution day. Work with disenfranchised people to help them vote. Work on a park clean-up project with a neighborhood or city.

Our RE Stories for the Theme

The Heartless King, Moral Tales, Tapestry of Faith, UUA

Joseph Tuckerman’s Revolution, by Janeen Grohsmeyer, Love Connects Us, Tapestry of Faith, UUA

“Bartlett, TX,” from Wheels of Sharing, Capital Area Food Bank

Frances Harper Bends the Arc, adapted by Jessica York, Heeding the Call, Tapestry of Faith, UUA