“First There Must Be Seeing”

By Jon Sievert

The Reverend Jill McAllister explores the need for “seeing” in our examination of religion at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service:
Rev. Jill McAllister
“First There Must Be Seeing”
By Jon Sievert
Sun, Aug 28, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

So often, religion is mistakenly understood to be about believing and the consequences of belief. This understanding is shallow at best. The human process that results in religion has always been much more about “seeing.” “Seeing,” as a religious commitment, means doing whatever it takes to understand what is really true. So “seeing” can include feeling, hearing, touching; it is changing one’s mind, admitting what we don’t know, and much more. The religious life, for those who choose it, is a life dedicated to exploring and expanding our capacity to “see.” Some would say our greatest moral imperative is the imperative to truly see. In our multicultural world, with so many lives and so much of life at stake, are we willing to take up this call?

Rev. McAllister is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon, since 2013, after serving People’s Church of Kalamazoo, MI for 15 years. She was a member of the UUA Board of Trustees from 1991–1998 and one of the founders of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists in 1995. She has led trainings and workshops for UU groups and congregations around the world for many years. At home in Oregon, she mentors and supervises several student ministers, teaches World Religions at Oregon State University, and is active in interfaith work addressing climate change, racial disparities, homelessness, and reproductive justice. She is married to the Rev. Walter Balk, a UUC minister and hospital chaplain. They are the parents of three grown children.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.


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