I am, at heart, a classic Unitarian Universalist, having been raised in the tradition and deeply loving it all of my life. I believe in one source of love and connection from which we originate and to which we will return. I understand God as a nourishing force that encourages life’s flourishing to its fullest potential. I feel comfortable using theistic language or omitting it, taking joy in exploring language as a way to communicate an experience of sacred love and connection.
Throughout my life, my personal theology has shaped how I practice my faith, and my practices of faith have shaped my personal theology. From my justice work, I’m inspired by the Prophets in the Hebrew bible, who spoke about the repair of broken social systems and relationships. I believe in Jesus’ transforming power of love and service. From my spiritual practices such as yoga and dance, I’ve come to believe in the great wisdom and power that our bodies have to heal and transform. My prayers to God bless and care for others, just as my daily loving kindness meditations invite peace, wholeness and safety.
For over fifteen years, I’ve been a steady student of Buddhism. The teachings of the Buddha acknowledge the balance of suffering and joy in life, and that our own suffering can be transformed by kindness and mindfulness. I currently study in the Vipassana, or Insight Meditation tradition with Sharon Salzburg, Larry Yang and other teachers. I practice mindfulness meditation on my own and with a sangha. At Unity Unitarian, I began teaching and leading meditation practice and dharma talks each week from January through June.
My theological longing finds its fulfillment in worship and fellowship with others. Our individual theologies help shape and define how we practice our faith, but together don’t form our collective religious identity. The beauty of Unitarian Universalist congregations are our covenant with one another and with the Holy, however we may define it. While it is important to hone and explore our individual theologies, one our own and in community, our beliefs are ever changing and growing throughout our lives. We must develop our ability to reflect theologically, becoming faithful witnesses and partners on our journey of faith.