Minister’s Message (Page 5)

Once a month, UUCE’s previous minister Rev. Leland Bond-Upson publishes a message for the UUCE community, sharing his thoughts on topics relevant to the congregation, its ministries, and current events.

On Parents, and Parenthood

Transhood on HBO The documentary “Transhood” that debuted last night on HBO was an informative and loving examination of transgender experiences. It focused on the challenges that young trans people and their parents must navigate, including the blowback they endure. I think having the film deal with young, and very young trans people will help humanize a group that most people haven’t thought about very much. How can a 6-year-old know that they are not what the “authorities” say they…

Reflecting on the Election

It seems, unexpectedly, that most voters got a liberal portion of what they wanted from this past Tuesday’s elections. The Blues won the Presidency, and the Reds held the Senate and made inroads in the House. The “Blue Wall” has been restored (WI, MI, PA) but the “Blue Wave” (general repudiation of Trumpism) fizzled. There are good reasons for all that, of course. Many thoughtful liberals believe that liberals are not listening to the cri di coeur of the rural…

Democracy is Worth It

We Covenant to Affirm and Promote … the use of the democratic process … in society at large. The UU 5th Principle After today, there are only 17 days, or two and a half weeks until the election, and a lot of people are worried. The stakes are high, and far apart, farther apart and more hardened than at any time since the election of 1860. That election, which resulted in Abraham Lincoln as our President and triggered the Civil…

UUs and Free Speech

We are swiftly approaching the start of a new church year, and I am looking forward to participating in ever-better coping with COVID-19 and the political season. I have been asked by the leaders of a dissident group of UU congregants and Ministers to write a cover letter to regional UU Ministers to accompany this group’s rebuttal to some decisions made by our Denomination and by the UU Minister’s Association; decisions that many see as undemocratic and illiberal. There is…

Actions We Can Take for Black Lives

Running simultaneously with the tumultuous electoral and pandemic news, we are witnessing the remarkably persistent determination by all people of good will to end the evil of racism. This is wonderful good news, and a wonderful opportunity to root out (at last!) our cursed inheritances from the enslavement of Black people, and the racism that targeted dark-skinned people as existed in ancient Greece and Rome. The last several weeks have seen long-standing monuments to the military and political defenders of…

Learning from the Pandemic

Some say the pandemic has revealed inequality; some say we knew this all along. Evidence across the nation shows us that more Black Americans have gotten COVID-19 and die from it than White Americans. Gig workers struggle to see how they can get any the funds for bare subsistence. Essential workers are risking their safety, sometimes regardless of their own higher risk status. How do we feel about this? What do our UU souls do with this? How do our…