UU Monthly Congregation Themes – March: Really?

by Nick Andrea

Our monthly theme for March is, “Really? Like all religious people, we can get caught up in arrogance, smugness, and self-satisfaction. How do we respond?” My view on this is that, because truth comes from a place beyond ourselves – indeed, is that which even allows ourselves to be – there is no way to access it but through an open, humble mind. The actions and words of some of our greatest inspirations have supported this view:

  1. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples
  2. Lao Tzu said in Chapter 39 of the Tao Te Ching, “[The Master’s] constant practice is humility. He doesn’t glitter like a jewel but lets himself be shaped by the Tao, as rugged and common as stone.”
  3. The Dalai Lama, revered as a Buddha by his own people, refers to himself as, “a simple monk.”

Yet, many who call ourselves “religious” or “spiritual” do not follow in the footsteps of these great masters. We think that our form, our concept of the truth is the highest, and, we extend that to our egos, as they are the ones that came up with our notion of truth. In so doing, we lose the real truth.

How do we, then, stop limiting ourselves to our particular form, our particular way of seeing the, “transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life?” 

My professional goal in this area is to raise youth to cultivate an inquisitive and flexible approach to truthTo this end, I have planned the following curriculum topics for the Youth in March:

  1. Moving beyond assumptions
  2. Shades of gray
  3. The fear factor
  4. Lead us not into temptation
  5. Second chances

As a congregation, I implore you to set a good example of this in your own practice, by “practicing humility [and letting yourselves] be shaped by the Tao.”

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About NickAndrea19

My goal has always been and continues to be the liberation of minds, my own and what influence I may have on others, to perceive the extraordinary beauty all around us. To this end, I write, play music, and design websites. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information about any of these activities. :)
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