Living Undivided: Spirituality and Social Justice
By Jon Sievert
The Rev. Claudia M. Frost discusses the natural harmony and confluence of spirituality and social justice as a foundation for the Unitarian Universalist faith at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.
The UU Fellowship service
“Living Undivided: Spirituality and Social Justice”
By The Rev. Claudia M. Frost
Sun, Nov 9, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to work to transform the world. We believe in justice, equity and compassion in human relations, and in the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. The inherent worth and dignity of each person holds meaning for us as well as maintaining respect for the interdependent web of all existence. No creeds or doctrine unite us, but our commitment to love and justice passionately binds us to the high ideals of living our UU values in daily life. “Deeds not creeds” is an important part of our faith.
Why then do two kinds of people in some congregations stubbornly cling to a divided life? Those devoted to spirituality and spiritual growth and those committed to social justice work need one another. Sadly, sometimes they see their commitments as two very different concerns, but in reality they are two sides of the same coin. Genuine spirituality should lead to social concerns and people working for social justice need a spiritual foundation or they will quickly burn out.
Spirituality and social justice are interwoven in a “seamless garment of being and doing”. We need a foundation and a center for our lives from which we can live undivided with more meaning. Unitarian Universalist minister, Richard Gilbert says, Spirituality and social justice go together—when we split them apart we lose both. The social without the spiritual is rudderless; the spiritual without the social is vacuous.
Human beings are naturally spiritual creatures. People yearn for a life that is whole. We are meaning makers with an inherent need to belong….to live lives that matter. We all need to belong somewhere both individually and collectively. There’s a price to pay when people lose a sense of belonging. The life of the spirit and a life of action should not be divided.
Rev. Frost 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 he 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 twenty-five years. Claudia came to her career in ministry after more than thirty 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.