June 11, 2017

Universal Good

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:41 pm by Rev. Thomas Perchlik

We struggle for justice, not because it is achievable, but because struggling for it is the source of our well being. This is the root of our morality and our demand for progress. It arises from the Unitarian, and the Universalist wells of our heritage.
To be more specific, here is a quote inspired by a story of Hoseah Ballou, but you can replace the words “steal a horse” with “say something we feel is racist” and it still applies: “The Universalists taught that people act morally, or in their words, practice holiness, because this is what leads to true happiness. In other words, stealing a horse would not occur to a Universalist, not because Universalists are better people than others, but because Universalists know a secret, one not obvious to everyone, but deeply true nonetheless: that true happiness requires living from principles of justice, equity, and compassion. In the words of the 1793 Winchester Profession, the Universalists of the time all agreed, “We believe that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected, and that believers ought to be careful to maintain order and practice good works; for these things are good and profitable unto men.” Quoted from Erica Baron on Nature’s Path blog, June 9