We Are Love in Action

We Are Love in Action

Each of us comes to UUCC’s “community of communities” for our own reasons. For some, UUCC is a refuge where we come to regather our strength to tackle the challenges we face in the outer world. We draw inspiration from Sunday services and wonderful music that touches our hearts and souls.  Some may come to nurture their inner world or for the renewal of long-time friendships and the delightful kindling of new ones, be it through those chats during coffee hour, reflection groups, or other affinity groups. Some yearn to learn and grow, thrilled and sometimes challenged by new ideas, new understandings, and new ways of doing things. Others may come because UUCC offers multiple avenues for action and advocacy on issues of concern, such as racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, voting rights, food insecurity, and the climate crisis.

Love in action” is the common thread that weaves us together as a community. Last year, UUCC members adopted the below as our new mission statement:

UUCC embodies love in action. We:

Nurture spirits
Build community
Act for justice

Love” is much more than simply a feeling or an emotion we experience toward others. It’s an action word. It is in the way we treat others, the choices we make, and what we do to nurture and care for others. It manifests through our words and deeds, shaping our relationships, our communities, and the world around us.

We nurture spirits when we show kindness and compassion towards others. When we show up to be with someone in their time of need, offering support and understanding. When we lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return. When we attend to the needs of others, giving of ourselves to enhance another’s well-being.

We build community when we extend energy from our hearts, communicating and connecting openly with others. When we are truly present to listen attentively to the thoughts and feelings of others. When we offer forgiveness and acceptance, let go of grudges and resentments, embrace the imperfections and flaws of others, and believe in our potential for growth and change. When we share experiences, conversations, and moments of vulnerability or hilarity we are also building the trust that holds our community together.

We act for justice when we show solidarity and advocate for those who have been “othered” and marginalized by hate, racism, bigotry, misogyny, and other forms of oppression. When we give of our time, talent, and treasure to help change the attitudes, policies, and systems that perpetuate injustice, bearing in mind MLK’s appeal: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Whatever it is that brings you to UUCC, how we choose to spend and invest our money also represents “love in action.” Our financial support for UUCC is a tangible expression of our love and commitment to our faith community. Through times of change, social upheaval, political strife, pandemics, discord, and anxiety about the future, UUCC represents a center of gravity for our community.

The word “pledge” means “to make a serious promise to give or do something.” “Pledge” has roots in Anglo and Latin, including “pleg”, a West Germanic root meaning “have responsibility for.” This is what we do. As you consider your pledge for the coming fiscal year, we invite you to consider both the value and “the values” you gain from UUCC membership. We also invite you to think of your pledge as a vital way to  “have responsibility for” the well-being of our beloved community.

I invite you to learn more about this spring’s pledge drive, and when you’re ready, submit your pledge. Recognizing the “we are all One,” if everyone gives as they are able, then we will have what we need for UUCC to thrive in the coming year.

With gratitude,

Tim Lattimer
UUCC member and pledge drive co-chair (along with Dori Schatell)

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