Since the dawn of time, humanity has searched stellar space with awe and wonderment. Through the millennia there has been a growing awareness that the stars and planets that comprise the constellations, galaxies and nebulae reflect both constancy as well as change. The cosmos is witness to birth, collision, explosion and implosion, combustion, conflagration, absorption, disintegration, deterioration, dimming, and any number of events which all attest that the universe, a marvel of creation, exists in a state of transition. The solar system has been searched by land-based and orbiting telescopes, by sophisticated listening and tracking devices, and by other methods and machines of scientific inquiry to determine if we are in fact not alone in the universe. Alternately, we seek to determine if there might not be another home for inhabitants of the earth light years away or even in our own celestial backyard.
Quest is central to humanity. We have searched stellar space, our material world and the inner dimensions of our being looking for answers to the nature and reason for our existence. We look without and we look within searching for a home.
Organized religion and the various faith traditions of the world exemplify search. Churches, monasteries, abbeys and all manner of associated religious institutions have come into existence over the ages for better or for worse. They last for millennia, centuries, decades or even less sending wave lengths of theological and intellectual light out into the far reaches of the human cosmos awaiting discovery by fellow sojourners of the spirit and the mind.
We are told today that organized religion is on the wane, that it is in a state of transition. We bear witness to the exodus of the faithful emigrating to the ranks of the unchurched. Rock solid bastions of religion inexplicably decline in membership and church leaders ask “Why us? Why now?” The unadorned answer is that things change and that change is a constancy of life.
Those seeking answers learn that the quest for truth and meaning is an individual journey for the most part, not to be rushed, and that answers are revealed in their own time and in their own way. Sometimes, the search is a journey of one. Sometimes, it is enhanced and encouraged in the company of like-minded travelers.
The route of the quest is never the same. It can both begin and end in a church where searching is encouraged and honored in whatever form it might take. Perhaps you are searching. Whatever your aspirations and manner of search, wherever you are heading or have come from, whoever you are, we invite you to rest awhile with us. Share your quest and share your aspirations. Share your talents and skills and ideas for however long your journey and quest allow. You are most welcome here in the midst of change.
“WE, THE MEMBER CONGREGATIONS OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCATION, COVENANT TO AFFIRM AND PROMOTE A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” (Fourth Principle, UUA)