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Prayers: “Unitarian Universalist Confession

Here we are gathered, Humanist, and Christian, Non-theist, Buddhist, and Jew, Pagan, and Seeker—a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Let us confess what we know to be true.

We are quick to proclaim our faith, but slow to live the teachings of that faith as it has been handed down to us, across every generation—from prophets, preachers, and sages, scientists, historians, and poets, great thinkers of every age, from ordinary women and men who would have us understand what it is to be, and what it is to love the neighbor.

We are quick to judge one another, but slow to act for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We are quick to ignore or smooth over broken places among us, too fearful to work for peace and healing. We are quick to share our knowledge, but slow to temper that knowledge with the love and wisdom that leads us always closer to the truth.

In small and large ways we are overwhelmed by all we cannot do.

For all the times we fail to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, when we do not affirm and promote the goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, when we live as though interdependence were a personal choice and not a fact of our existence, we ask forgiveness of one another and we vow to begin again, in this and every moment.

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Last updated on Monday, February 25, 2013.

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