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UU Service

Jill McAllister

By Jon Sievert

Trust Is Topic of this Week’s UU’s Fellowship Service

Faith might be a problematic word for some, but trust may be even harder.

We want to trust, we need to be able to trust, but we have been disillusioned many times. There are many reasons not to trust these days when there is so much fear and so much destruction. To live a faithful life is to know what we trust and why. What is trust made of?

Does trust mean certainty? Is it something like absolute truth? Is trust related to our need to feel safe and secure, or is there trust that transcends uncertainty and grounds us in adversity? Paul Tillich created language to describe trust—he called it the “ultimate concern.” What is it that earns your greatest devotion, your highest loyalty? What do you think is more encompassing than anything else?

In thinking about trust, let’s consider a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “A person will worship something, have no doubt about that….it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping, we are becoming.”

All of us are faithful to some idea or ideal. The question is to what are we faithful? Is our faith well placed or not? Or, what do we trust and why?

The poet Edwin Muir wrote:

“…. I cannot find the way.

The way leads on.

Oh, the places I have passed!

That journey’s done.

And what will come at last?

The way leads on.”

Rev McAllister, a UU minister for more than 25 years, serves the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon. 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. At home in Oregon, she mentors student ministers, teaches world religions at Oregon State University, and is active in interfaith work addressing climate change, racism, homelessness, and reproductive justice. She is married to Rev Walter Balk, a UCC minister and hospital chaplain, and they are the parents of three grown children.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site at


UU Service

“Trust: The Way Leads On”

By Rev Jill McAllister

Sun, Aug 12, 10:30am

Posada de La Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15



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