We give thanks for this opportunity to be together today. What a time to be alive, to create our shared ministries and embody our living faith tradition.
Grant us serenity so we may surrender our current expressions of Unitarian Universalism as the one right way. Helps us to understand that we do not own Unitarian Universalist, but rather it owns us. We belong to this faith. Release us from the fear of change so we may embrace opportunity larger than ourselves, expression beyond our imagination.
Give us the courage to pick up what is really our work, our own transformation and evolution. Give us strength and perspective when the road is unknown, and long and uncomfortable and not at all what we expected. Stir in us the commitment to build relationship outside ourselves, out on our margins as if our liberation depended on it, because we know it does.
Grant us the wisdom to discern what we can’t change in this generation, this lifetime and what is indeed our work to do. Grant us the patience and love to sow the seeds of trees under whose shade we will never sit and whose fruits will nourish a people we will never know but love just the same.
Help us develop the spiritual discipline of consistently showing up in support of people whose values are close but not quite ours… and lead us into mutual transformation. Help us to develop an ever-widening circle of community as spiritual practice. Because religious community truly is where we practice being human.
Oh, God, may we become the people we’ve been waiting for and bring you honor and glory. May we lean that much closer into your beloved community and kingdom of heaven on earth.