Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chalica: Day 4

Above: Last summer at the UU General Assembly in Salt Lake City, I took a break and caught the "Ultimate Universe" show. At first, I thought "UU Matinee" was a nice gesture to all the visiting UUs in town... then later I realized - d'oh! - it stands for "Ultimate Universe", not Unitarian Universalists!

This is Day 4 of Chalica -- the "hump day" of Chalica, if you will. (Learn more about Chalica in the posts below, particularly "Chalica: Day 1".) Today, we light the chalice and think of our fourth Unitarian Universalist principle. Namely, we affirm and promote "a free and responsible search for truth and meaning".

I once heard Unitarian Universalism described as "being open to truth and meaning wherever it may be found, and working compassionately for social justice". Many of our principles speak to "working compassionately for social justice", but our fourth principle speaks directly to "being open to truth and meaning wherever it may be found". Ours is a creedless tradition, which is an aspect I cherish. But "creedless" shouldn't mean "believing in nothing".

We UUs have a great freedom to decide what for us is truth, and what for us has meaning. But as always, with great freedom comes great responsibility. As UUs, our faith will only be as deep as we make it with our "free and responsible search for truth and meaning". On Day 4 of Chalica, may we remember the importance of this quest.

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