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Minister’s Message–Our Theme of the Year 2016-17

Where is the Love…

When we look at the social and environmental issues in the world these days I find myself asking how far have we come, how much have we learned, and what is there to do? It seems that the environment is in peril, there is a lack of water, growing concerns about pipelines and oil spills, acid rain, and climate change. I look to our human condition are we fairing much better? There is racial and religious intolerance, gender inequality, financial disparity between the haves and have-nots, a rhetoric of fear with regard to difference abounds which leads to hate and ultimately to violence. One has to wonder, where is the love? The love and tolerance that has been humankind’s goal for centuries preached by sages from mountain tops and in the lowliest of lows. Have we moved any closer to our ideal, to love our neighbor as our self? About a decade ago soon after 9/11 a popular music group the Black Eyed Peas pondered our condition asking some of the same questions singing out lyrics that asked:

Is the world insane

If love and peace is so strong

Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong

Making wrong decisions only visions of the dividend

Not respecting each other

Deny thy brother

If you never know truth then you never know love

Where’s the love y’all, c’mon, I don’t know

Where’s the truth y’all, c’mon, I don’t know

Where’s the love y’all

 

Whatever happened to the values of humanity

Whatever happened to the fairness and equality

Instead of spreading love

We spreading animosity

Lack of understanding

Leading us away from unity

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down

It’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under

Got to keep my faith alive ’til love is found

 

Where is the love? Do we, you and I, have the faith to keep positive and moving forward until we find love in our world? Is it possible that we will find love for our fellow beings, for our planet? Are we willing to look beyond profit margins and stock returns and instead choose one another and above all else to share our better selves with one another for free? Choosing one another, especially those we do not know is a huge risk, however, not only we will find the love here but we may just find a whole lot more. Over a decade after the Black Eyed Peas wrote these lyrics they have been asked to revitalize the song because it is clear that humankind needs a reminder, a signpost to help us on our way. We as Unitarian Universalists cannot stand by idly–we must be inspired to search for the answers of our time. I believe that we are part of the solution and I do believe that love is part of the answer to all of our woes, therefore, I decided that our theme this year at First Parish Sudbury will be, “Where is the Love.” I hope you will join me on this journey.