Our wonderful retreat crew!
The HUUMS community affirmed at their 2013 annual meeting thr following covneant:
We, the members of HUUMS, covenant to work together to create a more loving and just world around us. Grounded in the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism, we covenant to welcome difference among each other, work patiently through challenges that face us, support each other in heartache, share in each other’s joy, and comfort each other in ambiguity. May we strive to extend these hallmarks of our membership to the larger HDS community and the world at large. Let our faith be expressed through our actions as well as our words.
This weekend, HUUMS was the host group for the Continental Gathering of UU Seminarians (CGUUS)– an unaffiliated convocation of current UU ministry students from all stages of theological education and all regions of the U.S and Canada. There were over 50 attendees at CGUUS, representing between them Harvard Divinity School, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Starr King School for the Ministry, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Yale Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, United Theological College of Montreal, and more.
CGUUS was the first event of its kind in over twenty years and– we may say– a smashing success. We are profoundly grateful to the CGUUS Planning Committee for making it all happen!
We also want to extend our thanks to Rev. Dr. Thandeka, who led us in a two-day workshop on building a systematic UU theology from the ground up– starting with the basic elements of all religious experience and the way we use language, however ineptly, to describe them. Thandeka worked with us to help reclaim the language of religious feeling so that Unitarian Universalism can fulfill its implicit promise of becoming a community truly fired by “love beyond belief.”
We are also indebted to Rev. Christian Schmitt, who helped us grapple with some of the other “big questions”: What does the future hold for us as a religious movement? And what will our role in that future be as spiritual leaders?
Finally, we must thank First Church Boston for their gracious hospitality and infinite patience. They more than lived out our UU values of radical welcoming for the duration of the conference.