We’ve settled very quickly into our new offices at 24 Farnsworth. Now, all under one roof, we are in the thick of General Assembly (GA) preparations.
The theme of our upcoming GA is Love Reaches Out. In person and online, we will have many opportunities to reach out in love – to demonstrate that love does more than take a stand. Most visibly, this theme will be embodied by our Public Witness event at WaterFire Providence. With 4,500 UUs and approximately 10,000 attendees expected, this will be a terrific opportunity to introduce our faith to the local community and reach out in love in visible ways.
I have asked Alex Kapitan, who is overseeing our WaterFire Public Witness event, to share insights with you.
Rev. Peter Morales
“When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.” —The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love is the greatest justice cause and spiritual imperative of our time. It is what makes me a person of faith. When people meet me, I want them to feel that love and sense that I am someone different, that I am a “love person.” I don’t have to see eye to eye with someone to wish the best for them and practice unconditional love toward them. It is not always easy— in fact, sometimes it can be very difficult—but that is what makes love a spiritual practice.
As we have settled into our new space at 24 Farnsworth Street, staff and visitors have had the opportunity to practice love and compassion in all of our interactions. We have adjusted to each other’s work styles, helped each other to learn about our new neighborhood, and counseled each other on the struggles of adapting to a new work environment. There is a feeling of love throughout the building that is carrying over into our work, and it is awesome.
Next week, we begin our 2014 General Assembly in Providence, RI. There, we will engage in the power of love in workshops, worship, and witness, building toward our public witness event at the riverfront WaterFire festival, where we will witness for the power of love to create a better world and get a chance to practice publicly reaching out in love.
Recently, I had the honor of working with our UUA president, the Rev. Peter Morales, to create a video about the power of reaching out in love. I am proud of this work. I hope you will enjoy it, and that it will inspire you to think about ways that you can reach out in love.
In loving faith,
Congregational Advocacy & Witness Program
Coordinator Unitarian Universalist Association