Pastoral Message, September/October 2010
The Quest for Wholeness
Our deepest bonds are formed in right relationship with each other. The quest for wholeness through spiritual growth is a global phenomenon; individuals in all parts of the world are involved in the inner work of the spirit, trying to get in touch with imagination, creativity and soul. Personally I equate spirit with religion, because I believe that religion is much more than a set of beliefs. It is more about what we love than what we believe, need I remind you in the words of founding father Francis David, “we do not have to think alike to love alike”. But, it appers as though many Unitarian Universalist are conflicted, albeit afraid of the “spirit” itself. And while we may not be able to define “spirit” most of us are somehow acutely aware of those who claim to speak for god or spirit through misinformation. However, the potential power of the spirit is too important for us to ignore, because individually we all have times when it is necessary to trust the spirit, any spirit, for just some strength to survive. And I believe that we all need more of the spirit called courage, positive attitude, and yes, love. Real spiritual growth however is manifested through our willingness to be transformed, so we must remind ourselves that we are spiritual heirs of those who were unafraid to let go of the past and look toward the future. Therefore the greatest test in our quest for wholeness is the ability to embrace the future of all possibilities, while letting go of fears and outmoded ideas that no longer serve us from the past.
In Love and Light,
(The) Rev. Addae Ama Kraba