If you’re a fan of the Cal Golden Bears, another football season is starting and you’re wishing and hoping that this is the year that the Bears go back to the Rose Bowl. Yes, this month’s worship theme is faith, and faith is what you have to have if you’re going to root for alma mater. Faith is often defined as belief or trust without proof. Faith is also described as being the opposite of reason. When USC opens another season ranked number one, it’s gonna take a lot of faith to think that Cal can prevail in the Pac-12.
Now that might not be an example of faith, but rather of insanity. That’s insanity as in doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the result to change. On the serious side, what is my faith? What is our faith as Unitarian Universalists? And as people of reason, can we have faith, or can faith co-exist with reason? The intrepid adventurer down the latter path may discover Richard Boeke’s writings on the subject. From him and others one finds an overarching theme of oneness and the trust we need among ourselves to achieve that oneness. Isn’t that the idea behind the so called “God particle,” the glue that holds the universe together? The oneness of it all.
As I have written a bit on each month’s worship theme over the past year, more often than not I have found that I really don’t know the meaning of the word used as the theme. I have seldom explored that word within myself or in my relation to the world around me. Faith is one of those words. And so I come to UUCB every Sunday to help me explore the meaning of these common words. Perhaps at the end of the month I will know just a little more about faith, about me, and about the world around me.
It’s always a great time to be a UU!
Stephanie Ann Blythe
President, UUCB Board of Trustees