Courage and Common Security, by Rev. Myke Johnson

Posted January 10, 2011 in Blog, Opening and Closing Readings, Religious. Tagged:

UU Minister Rev. Myke Johnson gave a wonderful sermon on Resilience Circles at her church in Portland, Maine.  Her church will be starting Resilience Circles this winter.  Here are her thoughts about the spiritual values at work in clubs:

On a deeper level, as a spiritual community, we articulate important and enduring values, countering the economic myths that promote self-interest and greed.  We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of each person—that our true worth is not related to our “net economic worth.”  We affirm the value of community, of loving our neighbor as ourself.  We affirm the value of those who are in need—whether that need be economic or personal or social.  We challenge the culture of winners and losers—Jesus famously said, “the last shall be first, and the first last,” and “the greatest among you should be the servant of all.”

One of the most important things we can do is help to shift the deeper understandings of our society, the meanings we give to the world and to our lives.  We help each other to awaken to the reality that no one is separate from anyone else—that we are all in this together.

I saw a cartoon the other day.  Four people were sitting in a boat that had tilted precariously and was filling with water at one end.  The two people at that end were bailing furiously.  The two people at the other end were sitting high and dry—and one said to the other, “It’s good that our end of the boat isn’t leaking.”

We are all in the same boat—this planet earth.  The only real security we can create is a common security.  When we finally realize that we are one family, one interconnected whole, we will be able to find a way forward together.   I believe we are already on the path.  May we find the courage to take the next steps before us.

Click here to read the full sermon.