It’s day 3 of Chalica, so time for me to think about our third principle. “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”
Obviously, this is two different clauses, so lets take a look at them in parts.
“Acceptance of one another” – Well, this one seems pretty self explanatory. You need to accept people. But going further, you need to accept people for who they are and where they are, not who and where you want them to be. Sure, sometimes UUs have some issues truly accepting each other and other folk, Conservative Christians, Sarah Palin, etc. But at the same time, acceptance doesn’t go far enough. Acceptance to me implies something similar that the word tolerance implies, “well, we may not like it, but we have to accept it.” Accepting it vs. embracing it are two vastly different concepts.
“Encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” – Well, this has the potential to be more interesting. Is the encouragement just in our congregations, is the spiritual growth just in our congregations? Well, I be don’t believe it needs to be either, we can encourage people to spiritual growth outside a congregational setting. Yes, I know UU and Congregational Polity and all and the UUA is an association of congregations. But I also think UUs…get too hung up on that at times. I wish there were a more unified UU ideology at times rather than just an association of congregations. But I digress.
I think I’m doing a fairly ok job of the acceptance side in my every day life. But I think I need to encourage myself to more spiritual growth. I should attempt to do something on this end today.