While Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SUUF) members value individuality and respect everyone’s inherent worth and uniqueness, they also recognize their membership in and interdependence with their wider community.
The Unitarian tradition certainly has a vertical dimension, a connection with Ultimate Reality. However, it also gives great importance to the horizontal dimension, how we deal with the exchanges that occur in everyday social reality.
In fact, the second of seven core Unitarian principles is a commitment to “justice, equality, and compassion in human relations.”
In other words, Unitarians’ core concern for each person (their compassion) moves them to care about fair treatment for every person (equity), which leads to active engagement in their community to support impartial treatment of each other (justice).
Even more succinctly, a Unitarian motto is “Deed, not creed.”
Consider these two statements, one by Mother Teresa and one by Unitarian leader, Gene Pickett, when asked about life’s essential meaning. Mother Teresa said it is “to become holy, and to go to heaven.”
Pickett’s response was: “Life’s purpose is to become whole and to create heaven on earth.”
Unitarians are inspired by what the prophet (in Amos 5:24) said, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an overflowing stream.”
[SUUF Member Paul Friedman continues to provide weekly articles for publication in the Red Rock News. This article – or a variation thereof – appeared in the Jan 20, 2023 issue]