Rev. Dan Harper, over on his blog Yet Another Unitarian Universalist, reports this from the first day of Ministry Days:
Morales tried to evade the question by saying he felt it was the wrong question to ask; many people had tried to answer that question without success so we need to stop asking it. But then he went on to say that Unitarian Universalism must be concerned with social justice work, with making the world a better place, with (and I think used these or similar words) “saving the world.” But to say we want to save the world is to assert that we have a central belief. And I think many Unitarian Universalists would agree with Morales: what we believe in is saving the world through social justice work.
In his response Dan very gently asks the question that I’m going to ask not so gently…if social justice work is our center, how’s that working out for us? Aren’t we so focused on social justice work so we don’t have to do the really hard work of spiritual justice? In other words, don’t we do social justice work so we can avoid theology?
If social justice work is our center, why should anybody join a church instead of Amnesty International? or Greenpeace? or the ACLU? or PFLAG and Human Rights Watch?
In order to “save the world” you must have a gospel. So, what’s the UU gospel? What good news do you give that Amnesty, Greenpeace, the ACLU, PFLAG and Human Rights Watch don’t?