In 2018 under the leadership of the Unity of Louisville Board, a committee was formed to increase our awareness and understanding of the uniqueness of human beings. After all, isn’t this what we say that we believe? In the Fall of 2018 our book study followed Sharif Abdullah’s book, “Practicing Inclusivity”. For me as well as the others in our study group the questions were profoundly challenging regarding our perceptions of “others”. From those discussions, I am working hard to eliminate the word “other” from my vocabulary, replacing it with the word “one”. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” I would add to Gandhi’s statement, saying, what a wonderful experience to dismiss judgement of each other by embracing each one’s uniqueness. Sharif’s writings see a new world of oneness that comes when we each regard all with love, compassion, and authenticity.
Judgment comes from fear. During this month, and each coming month I encourage you to do a self-awareness assessment. What do you judge? Who do you judge? Why do you judge? How do you use your spiritual tools to eliminate fear by building faith? How do you apply the lessons being presented at Unity of Louisville to “real-life” situations and attitudes?
I am often teased about my “Coffee & Conversation” times with congregants. I love listening to you! I have learned so much because we are all different, unique and, truly interesting. Generally, the purpose of my “C & C” times is to ask: “How can we (Unity of Louisville) support you on your spiritual journey?” I encourage you on your journey to move from the judgement (fear) of “other” to the respect, and love of “one” (faith). And, I encourage you to reach out to each other in our wonderful supportive spiritual community as we as a group seek to move from “other” to “one”.
Sincere Blessings to You!
Rev. Gwen I. Moser
Associate Minister---Unity of Louisville
(A few thoughts from ones much wiser than I.)
“Whether we like it or not, we have all been born into this world as part of one great human family. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated, belonging to one nation or another, to one religion or another, adhering to this ideology or that, ultimately each is just a human being like everyone else. We all desire happiness and do not want suffering.” Dalai Lama
"Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour--and in the oddest places!--for the lack of it.” James Baldwin
"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free." Barack Obama
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (ESV) The Golden Rule--Jesus