A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
God doesn’t vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?
― Mechthild of Magdeburg
As a Unitarian Univeralist I draw upon the rich tapestry of theology, which helps us to understand our human relationship with divine mystery and collaborative efforts to fortify justice. We never have to settle for the concept of a separate God who operates over and above us. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that all human being are connected to a God through a transcendent OverSoul. The 18th century Universalist evangelist Judith Sargent proclaimed the oneness of divinity with the “spirits of the human race” 20th century Unitarian theologian Henry Nelson Weiman said that God was creativity itself. Universalists and Unitarians have boldly proclaimed that divine powers are within all of creation, including humans. God blesses bountifully and loves every person. Ultimately I don’t know what of this is metaphor, mystery or just well-intentioned guesses about life. Many people wish to call the divine by the name community, light, nature, joy or spirit of life. They all work for me.
from “Alcoholism,” by Kent M., Philadelphia. TO READ MORE
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