The seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism is to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. This principle highlights the relationship we have with one another and with all of life around us. It calls us to care for one another, within and outside of our congregations. We live that in a variety of ways. Every week we take a food collection for those experiencing need. When members of this church need support, we step in to provide it by bringing meals, sending cards and reaching out with compassion and love. On Christmas, we offer meals to those who have limited options for food on Christmas. With one another we can magnify our joy and lessen our sorrow. This principle reminds us that we need one another, that what happens to one of us impacts all of us.
The other side of this principle reminds us of the importance of the planet on which we live. In a period of massive climate shifts, we have become more and more aware of the impact of our actions on our environment. Changes to the environment are dangerous because we have an interdependent relationship with the world, we need one another. These changes and decisions ripple across the interdependent web.
Interdependence and Independence are our themes for the month of April. How can we balance our need for independence with our seventh principle and the reality of our interdependence with the rest of our
world? How do independence and interdependence play out in your life?