A colleague of mine recently reminded me of a thoughtful quotation by Susan B. Anthony (who attended a Unitarian church as an adult, though she was raised Quaker).
These are the words:
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."
These words strike me as wise and true beyond the context that (I imagine) Anthony was addressing. They are just as true today, in modern struggles for meaningful reform. Of course, this being Advent, I note that these words could also apply to Jesus.
As I type this post, carefully and cautiously, it gives me a lot to ponder.
It makes me think also of this brave man, and the price he paid: