Like many UU congregations, we are utilizing the theme-based ministry Soul Matters to help shape our worship calendar. This focuses our thoughts and conversations and “allows for a deeper spiritual engagement” around a specific idea or principle.
This month we are focusing on Commitment. I think of commitment as dedication to a particular person, organization, cause, or belief, and a willingness to get involved or join together. Commitment is the backbone of a group or organization. It is what gives a group its strength. People who are committed to one another or to an organization or effort believe that it is important. They show up, follow through, put themselves out there, and stick with it. This describes our Beloved Community at Thomas Paine.
This past year has certainly been a test of the level of commitment we feel for one another and our Fellowship. The global pandemic forced us to stretch and grow in ways that were beyond our imagination a year ago. I think it has strengthened our collective commitment to one another and our faith community. Thanks to the efforts of so many of you, we are worshipping and connecting online every week. This is no small feat! I appreciate and recognize your dedication. The Center for Health and Human Development says that commitment grows when people:
- Work together
- Feel successful at what they do
- Make decisions together
- Work through conflicts
- Have fun and play together
- Overcome obstacles
- Hold each other to high principles
- Appreciate and respect one another
- Challenge one another to take the next step
- Build relationships
- Experience a victory together
- Learn from mistakes and setbacks
- See their leaders model commitment
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay committed.
Linda Weaver, President
TPUUF Board of Trustees