What does it mean to be a people of possibility?
Possibility is the topic for January 2019 from the UUA Soul Matters curriculum, and the theme of our worship this month at UUCM.
The background material from this month’s topic suggests that possibility is one of the most basic founding aspects of our religion: “Historically, when others saw depravity and sin at the core of human identity, we saw potential. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, and we should look instead to the hope of an afterlife, we found ourselves falling in love with the possibility of heaven on earth.”
But what about us personally? Trusting in possibility may not be as easy for each of us on an individual level. Trusting in possibility challenges us to risk disappointment or even failure. It involves being willing to endure some level of hurt, especially because our current world can be so painful and challenging.
The Soul Matters curriculum suggests that the most important pertinent question for us now, is not “Are you ready to lean into possibility?”.
Instead, the most helpful question may be “Who is beside you and who are you bringing along when things get tough?” and “Who have you gathered to patch and pick you up when the path gets bumpy?”
Because “after all, no one makes it down the road of possibility alone”.
This is such an important reminder as we begin the New Year 2019 – as we, the UUCM community, acknowledge and take on our challenging mission, ends and values: to Connect, Grow and Act.
It is a comforting idea for me, that we, the UUCM community, will be working together, side by side, as we face the possibilities that this New Year presents.
Member, UUCM Board of Trustees