The central task of the religious community.
The central task of the religious community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all. There is a connectedness, a relationship discovered amid the particulars of our own lives and the lives of others. Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice.
It is the church that assures us that we are not struggling for justice on our own, but as members of a larger community. The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done. Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed.
Reprinted from Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist Association hymnal, in which this passage is Reading #580.
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The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Morrison-Reed served as co-minister of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Rochester, New York, and Toronto with his wife, the Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed. He is author or editor of several books, including The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism.
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