I believe in the "beloved community" as something we need to create here on earth -- here in the midst of our lives. Martin Luther King, Jr., brought this concept to the attention of a wounded, divided world during the Civil Rights Era. What he was talking about wasn't a Nirvana or Utopian existence, but rather a community of people who were committed to living together in spite of their differences. If we are waiting for the "perfect society", one in which everyone gets along -- or perhaps, as the Christian Bible says, one in which the lion lies down with the lamb, we are doomed to disappointment. It is not in the nature of human beings to always be in accord, just as it is not in the nature of the lion and the lamb to coexist in harmony. Woody Allen had it right when he said, "The lion will lay down with the lamb, but the lamb won't get much sleep." Each of us has our own aims and it is only natural that they do not always lead to the same ends. So the ideal of a society [even a small one] in which everyone is always in accord with one another isn't feasible.
What is possible is a society in which we trust one another enough to share openly what we want, to trust one another enough that we believe we will find a way to resolve our differences, and a society in which we forgive one another for the times when we miss the mark. Most of all, it is possible for us to have a society in which we commit to stay together until we work out our differences and find a way for all of us to have some of what we individually want and need -- a society in which we respect one another as well as love one another. I believe that is the community we are building here at UUCA and I can't think of better guideposts than our seven principles. I'm so grateful that we are taking this journey together!
In the meantime, may you