Ponderings of our Spiritual Life Director 3-8-23

#UULent day 15 #tomorrow

Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season.
 – W. E. B. Du Bois.

When I saw the word “tomorrow” on the Lent calendar for today, I had to really think about why it was there. It’s all open to interpretation, of course, but I also know that each week we are working towards the Sunday word, which is one of the new values proposed in the Article II draft that will be up for vote to replace our principles. This Sunday’s word is “equity”. So I could wait until Sunday to post this graphic (that perhaps many of you have seen) but then I had to ask myself, why wait?

Don’t we often say, we’ll put it off until tomorrow? But, do we really want for true equity and liberation to wait until tomorrow? What about the people who are symbolized below by the short person in the purple shirt? Is it just to make them wait until tomorrow?

We know we live in an unjust world. And with all the anti-lgbtq legislation that is up for vote in Florida and beyond, with all the book bannings and the legislation against educating our children about the history of racism in this country, it feels like we’re losing the little bit of ground we were gaining. It feels overwhelming. But, lives are at stake. We need to work towards equity today. And when true equity arrives, we are all liberated. Why wait until tomorrow to make ourselves free?