“Strength in the Storm”

Rev. Matt Alspaugh

The third of a multi-part series on putting our Principles in Practice. We will focus on the prophetic call embedded in our Principles.

However we live our lives, meekly, just getting by, or vastly, as activists or change agents, we need ways to face the storms that life brings before us. We’ll explore how we can develop inner calm as we cope with the outer storm, as we consider our third principal’s “encouragement to spiritual growth.”

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A friend asked me why I attend this church, considering my spiritual outlook. Here is my answer... I go for a beloved community, and the need to be among those who believe in the human spirit. I go for our commitment to principles parallel to the founding of this nation. I go because none of us has all the answers, but we keep asking questions. I go because we respect science, and protecting the earth. I go because we reject any dogma that would interfere with our quest for truth.

Do yourself a favor and research Unitarian Universalists and what they contributed to the world. Here is a short list; Charles Dickens, Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Burns, William Ellery Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, Herman Melville, Ted Sorensen, Thomas Paine, Kurt Vonnegut, Walt Whitman, Frank LLoyd Wright,Adlai Stevenson, William Cohen, Paul Revere, Christopher Reeves, Carl Sandberg, E.E Cummings, Charles Dickens. And finally, I attend, because like my late, dear friend Jack, I believe in life before death.