The Bodhisattva and the Prophet: Part Two

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Reverend Wyman Rousseau presents Part Two of “The Bodhisattva and the Prophet,” dedicated to the life and work of the Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan.

UU Service
“The Bodhisattva and the Prophet: Part Two”
with Rev. Wyman Rousseau
Sun, Feb 21, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea,
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Part One focused on the Bodhisattva, Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. Both men are products of highly disciplined spiritual traditions and have sought to live their lives from the ethical center of their traditions. Both are poets, and both have found ways to unite their spiritual quest with political activism by working for peace and justice. They provide powerful inspiration to many people around the world, and both are sustained by living in spiritual community. Together, their exemplary lives of witness can influence our own commitment to living an ethical life.

Father Berrigan’s active resistance to the Vietnam War was widely seen as an act of conscience and a challenge to the Catholic Church. It was also a plea for the US government and its citizens to live up to their professed ideals.

In his 1966 book, They Call Us Dead Men: Reflections On Life and Conscience, Berrigan wrote, “A climate of war creates its own horizons, its own justification and method. Subjected to such an atmosphere for a long period of time, people come to accept it as normal and self-evident. People create tools of violence as entirely normal methods of dealing with ‘the enemy’; once created, the tools are used with ever-increasing ease. Peaceableness, communication with others, discussion, public candor—these are less and less trusted as methods of dealing with human differences. In such atmosphere, we gradually come to accept a totally different version of human life. The stranger becomes the enemy, and the enemy is everywhere.” What Father Berrigan wrote in 1966 is just as pertinent a half-century later.

Wyman Rousseau was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1968. He completed his graduate studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has served congregations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. Most recently he served the Piedmont UU congregation in Charlotte, NC from 1992 to 2008. He also founded Hospice and Palliative Care in Greensboro, NC, and served as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. Wyman and his wife Maia Williams are full-time residents of San Miguel de Allende.

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 coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.

 

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