open doors, hearts, windowblinds
I'm troubled by this ad, which our UUA is printing in the New York Times, USA Today, and the Knoxville News Sentinental. The message, "Our Doors and Our Hearts Will Remain Open" is a good one, but there is just a hint of exploitation here, to me. My wife thought the text would be a good letter to the editor, but the pictures make it exploitative.
I myself have spoken of the Knoxville tragedy as an opportunity to walk our talk, to in fact keep our doors and hearts open. I have strategized how best to honor the victims and survivors, and use this as a teachable moment--to strengthen the bonds within and among our congregations, *and* to raise awareness of our UU movement. I respect this attempt, and I appreciate all who worked on it. I just wish it had stopped at "we mourn...we celebrate...our prayers are with..." Once it gets into "Unitarian Universalists know..." it feels unseemly.
Perhaps I'm old-fashioned. Maybe, in the 21st century, people accept (or expect) self-promotion.
In the aftermath of the shootings at the Amish school, a few years ago, the survivors responded "we forgive the shooter, and ask that others do, too." They did not continue, "and services are at 9:30 and 11, with religious education at 11, at the corner of First St. and James Avenue."