MINISTER’S MUSINGS – Rev. Pat Jobe
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Among the amazing experiences of being in Boston with seven teenaged young women and their two wonderful chaperones (Laura Christenbury and Elisa Edmonson) for four days, was a deep awareness of how important it is just to bring deep awareness to any experience. Listening to them talk, watching them interact, listening to their laughter, noticing their hugs for each other and their powerful sense of connection, I knew that this was the genius of Unitarian Universalism. If only, if only, we could finally and forever notice, just notice, the power of connection, we would build a religion of truth and freedom irresistible to a world more hungry for truth and freedom than even food, safety and shelter.
I know that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs tells us food, safety and shelter are musts for moving people up into a climate where they can care about truth, freedom, self-expression, love. But maybe we are starting on the wrong rung of the ladder. Maybe if we just admitted and embraced our dear need for each other, for that electric grid of inter-connectedness at the deepest, most loving, most respectful, most truthful and free basis, maybe at that point needs for food, safety and shelter would be a foregone conclusion.
Gandhi once said that offering love to a hungry person with anything other than a piece of bread would be a scandal. Could it be that the great Mahatma had it backward? Could he also have said to offer bread to any person with anything other than love, respect, deep listening, common ground would be a scandal? How much do we miss when we put all our emphasis on rules and regulations, punctuation and spelling, politics and religion, and miss the magic and mystery of basic human connection?
Eye contact, hugs, acknowledgement all matter at such a profound and beautiful level. What precious significance lies at the heart of “I see you,” and “I hear you?”
By Rev. Pat Jobe