UUs to consider the meaning of the UU covenantal faith

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    By Pauline Benetti
    Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    What is unique about Unitarian Universalism is that it welcomes a variety of religious understandings and spiritual practices. A wide range of sources from science to scripture to silence all serve to inspire different people, and this unique characteristic tends to confuse those who are not part of our religion. They ask, “Without a unifying creed, what then brings you together in your religion?” as in the linguistic root of the word “religion,” ligare (as in ligament), what binds us to one another in community?

    The answer is our covenant. As a covenantal faith, we are asked to commit to pursuing right action and right relationship within our community and the wider world, to prioritize the interest of the whole above our own self-interests. And when we fail, to promise to do it again. We all know the truth of 20th century philosopher Martin Buber’s statement, “Humans are the promise-making, promise-breaking, promise-renewing animal.”

    This Sunday, Michael Demchak will lead our service as we reflect upon our covenantal religion and how it guides us to right action, a determination that is particularly critical in times of uncertainty such as the current period.

    Service will be in person, masks will be required and distancing will be in effect. Please understand that we have reduced our capacity to 25 persons. 

    Our fellowship offers each individual support in our unique spiritual path and an opportunity to participate in positive social and environmental action. We welcome diversity and invite everyone to share in our faith community. 

    Religious Exploration (RE) classes will not be resumed until more normal conditions exist. For more information about RE, contact Anna Ramirez at afrancis_@hotmail.com. 

    Find us in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn right onto Park Avenue and right again into Greenbriar Plaza, then turn left and continue around the complex until you see the Unitarian Universalist sign as it faces the mountains. Join us. For further information about the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist fellowship, visit pagosauu.org.