Donna and I were having breakfast there with another couple from UUFP. We've found that to be a good way to get to know other church people. When we were new in town, two years ago, another couple invited us to breakfast there, and we came out feeling a bit closer to and more welcome in the Community. As a result, we've made it a practice, over time, to invite other couples, new in church, to join us there for a similar experience.
This time, as we usually do, we got to talking about UUism and what it has meant to us. That's particularly meaningful to Donna and me, since we actually met at a UU church, thirty-two years ago. And this time, perhaps more than on other occasions, the chemistry was particularly strong as we exchanged feelings and fears and hopes, and what effect our UU membership has had on these issues.
I could not help admiring the grace which this couple exhibited in dealing with life's issues. And also, I couldn't help admiring the caring and honesty that my lovely Donna was demonstrating in this sensitive area, as well as the openness with which all of us were discussing some very personal matters.
And suddenly, as we turned to the role that a belief in God plays in all of this, I realized that the four of us expressing and receiving feelings and beliefs, admitting to fears and mistakes around that table were God. The thing that we call God, I realized, wasn't a being or a quantity, at all, but an experience. That which we call God was the experience of people being open and honest and caring, as we were, with one another at that particular moment.