By Scott Kasmire
This reflection was read aloud by its author from UUFP’s pulpit on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Unitarian Universalism is my faith — a powerful faith, a transformative faith, a saving faith. And for the fifteen years I was living overseas, it was a lonely faith — of emails and newsletters, and mostly just me trying to do my best, on my own.
And then 2014 happened: A crisis year for me and my family. And in late August of that year I found myself, unexpectedly, relocating to Virginia, and walking into this Fellowship on a Sunday morning, thinking that if I had to live in Virginia, in America, I might as well at least occasionally attend Sunday Services at some UU venue or another. In the event, I was... unprepared.
I was unprepared on that Sunday morning for the overwhelming relief that washed over me as I sat in the back row, near the double doors, listening to the choir sing Rainbow Connection; and later myself attempting to choke out a rendition of Spirit of Life without sobbing, trying to remember the words. It wasn't just a sense of coming home after being away for far too long, though it was that. It was the relief that comes from knowing that I didn't have to do it alone anymore: That I was again among people who understood my faith — our faith — and were committed to it living it with me.
Since that day, as the crisis in my life has turned into a slow motion nightmare, I have clung to this place with a desperation that comes from knowing I would fall apart otherwise. More than just calling me to my better self, UUFP has given me the very space to BE a self, to remember I'm a human among humans, and not a mere mechanism that can fall apart.
And to my continued astonishment, I seem even to have grown stronger here, in this grounding environment which we create together.
A transformative, saving faith.
So that is why I support UUFP. And I'm deeply grateful that you do as well.