"We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
For many of us, the hard reality of yesterday's election is fearful and foreboding. I've heard from folks who question whether their civil rights will be violated or whether our country will revert back to the values of the past. Some of those who have been empowered by the results of the election will now feel free to expose their own hatred, prejudice, and insecurities to those who refuse to embrace a patriarchal agenda. What does our liberal religious faith have to say to those in shock? To those who will take office January 20?
Dr. King's statement, above, is a good starting place. Disappointment is temporal. Hope is eternal. Don't ever give up; instead, stand up with a new resolve to create a country that reflects the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Hold our leaders accountable for their words and deeds. Let our children know that the democratic process is still the best way to to govern, whether we win or lose. Be ready for civil disobedience even as we pray for our next president and his administration. We are still powerful together beyond measure.
Rely on your church family and it's leadership to help you cope and offer you comfort. We are here for you. At First Unitarian, you are loved and you matter. There are no outsiders here. You are not alone.
"If we disagree in love, there is no disagreement that can do us any injury, but if we do not, no other agreement can do us any good. Let us endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace." --Hosea Ballou
Rev. Greg Stewart