Today the Federal Government shut down. Some Congressmen and House Representatives were concerned about the National Monuments being closed and sought to open just of few governmental agencies like the Smithsonian Institute. Little concern over governmental programs that deeply impact the general public, no word on WIC (Women and Infant Children) or the Meals on Wheels which keep seniors able to have one nice meal a day. The pentagon, air traffic controllers and the workers at Social Security are on furlough unless they were called in to work without pay.
The House of Representatives and the members of Congress still get their paychecks for not doing the job they were hired to do. Humility, a lost virtue, simply means the act of listening to opposing views, putting aside ego and learning humbleness. The act of humility is not the act of surrender or weakness but the strength to change viewpoints for the good of all.
The concept of,” do it my way or the highway” has, of late been the standard fare of the day. Just look at the deadlock in the government. Each side unwilling to listen, contemplate and share ideas. Humility has become a lost virtue. The theme for the month of October at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix is humility. The notion of humility brings questions of becoming a push-over, a patsy or a weakling. The truth of humility is that we, as emotional humans, need to be willing to give as well as take, learn and share.
The sermon for October 6 is: Wrestling with Humility. Rev. Susan Fredrick-Gray will examine humility as a Unitarian Universalist virtue: justice and kindness being the cornerstone of the faith, is humility something we should try to nurture?
The UUCP is located at 4027 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. The services are 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
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