By Jon Sievert
The Rev. Claudia M. Frost asks the question, and attempts to define, “What is Evil?” at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.
With The Rev. Claudia M. Frost
Sun, Nov 2, 10:30am
Hotel Posada de la Aldea
San Antonio 15
Evil is sometimes a difficult topic for religious liberals. We prefer to focus on love and the inherent worth and dignity of each person. Many people find it difficult to agree on a common description of “evil.” Depending on their religious or cultural values, they might think of it as something created by a supernatural force or something humans create themselves. Others simply reject any attempt at a definition or dismissively say, “I’ll know it when I see it.” Are we guilty of avoidance behavior? Can our beliefs about the nature of evil affect our ability to recognize evil and do something about it?
Unitarian Universalists often become preoccupied with power analyses and systemic evils like racism, sexism, classism, and environmentalism. Does this make it easy to dismiss the concept of evil as non-existent? Does dealing only with systemic evil divert our attention from facing questions of personal or human evil? Identifying evil has nothing to do with the supernatural. We must learn to call it when we see it.
Rev. Frost has developed her intriguing theology of evil influenced by the work of Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Means, Dr. Phillip Zimbardo, author, James Waller, dissident and author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel.
She is the minister of the Outlaw’s Bridge Universalist Church in rural eastern North Carolina and a 2008 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Rev. Frost was ordained in November 2008 by the Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, North Carolina, where she served as the Coordinator of Pastoral Care and as the Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care. A native of Texas, she and her husband have chosen North Carolina as their home for more than 25 years. Frost came to her career in ministry after more than 30 years of Intensive Care experience as a Registered Nurse.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. For additional information, visit www.uufsma.org.