silence of the living tradition
I love my fellow Unitarian Universalists, but sometimes we take ourselves way too seriously. At the 2007 Service of the Living Tradition, a worship service intended to honor ministry in general, and the UU ministers who are beginning or ending their service in specific, we were told to "contain yourselves" and refrain from cheering for the ministers, as their names were announced.
I do understand how difficult it is to combine a graduation-type ceremony and a solemn memorial service; I understand the seeming unfairness when some people hear cheers at their name, and others are greeted by silence. Even with those challenges, though, I ask: which is *less* worshipful, a few cheers and whistles, or a long, finger-wagging warning about not cheering?
Finally, I am left with the irony of a religious association which is *desperately* trying to welcome "people of color" into its movement, telling its worshippers to "contain yourselves." Maybe that will be the catchphrase for our next marketing strategy.
Can we take up a collection and make sure that the Rev. Dr. Thandeka has absolutely everything she needs, to get her forthcoming book on an embodied UU Theology finished and widely published?