Ministry Theme of the Month

Ministry Theme of the Month


What Does It Mean To Live A Life Of Inheritance? 

Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation in turn becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources – and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on in the future.

– Alberto Moravia

1)  What part of “bending the arc” have you inherited? Social change takes time, many generations even. This is what Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he said that the arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice; we all need to pick up where others leave off. What justice-making, world-changing mission have you picked up from others? What “little bend” are you trying to make?

SUGGESTED ACTIONS: Figure out what your “ministry” is.  Figure out your “calling.” Make time for at least one small action to move that dream/movement/vision of a better world forward.

2)  Has a painful inheritance ever turned out to be a blessing in disguise? Have you turned it into a blessing? Have you found a way to turn your “burden” into something that has made you stronger?

SUGGESTED ACTIONS: Share your painful inheritance with someone who needs to know that you went through it too–that they are not alone, that someone else understands.  Figure out how your inherited wound is related to a greater social cause, and use it to mobilize your passion. 

3)  How deeply have you tapped into your UU inheritance?

SUGGESTED ACTIONS: Learn enough to say you have a favorite UU “saint.”  Read a book by or about one of our forebears: Susan B Anthony, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau, Thomas Paine, Ray Bradbury, Alexander Graham Bell. (See more at


July 2019: Grace, August: Possibility, September: Identity, October: Letting Go, November: Inheritance, December: Promise, January 2020: Love, February: Presence, March: Engagement, April: Anticipation, May: Embodiment, June: Passion, July: Resilience