One of the things I love best about being UUA president is meeting with dedicated and enthusiastic UUs all over the country. We have such amazing people in our movement.
Sunday I had the privilege of preaching at the installation of the Rev. Meg Barnhouse in Austin, Texas. Any trip to Texas is also a bit of a homecoming, as I grew up in San Antonio. I arrived in Austin Saturday and took the opportunity to attend the Sunday morning worship at First UU Austin. As is our usual practice, the installation was late in the afternoon. This gives ministers from churches in the area a chance to attend. In this case there were colleagues from Houston and San Antonio. The place was packed in the morning and again in the afternoon.
I preached one of my “traveling” sermons. I spoke about creating a religion that is “beyond belief.” (You will, of course, note that this is also the name of this blog.) In the sermon I argue, as others have before, that an emphasis on what we believe is actually harmful.
As I write this I am in Houston, about to pack up and fly to New Orleans for a meeting of the board of trustees. Here, along with Laurel Amabile, director of our Annual Program Fund, I have visited with colleagues and lay leaders of Emerson UU, First UU Houston, Thoreau UU (they seem fond of our Transcendentalist forbears here in Houston!) and Bay Area UU. I had never been to Emerson or Bay Area, and it was a pleasure to see folks in their own buildings.
After the board meeting I am off to Tucson and Nogales, then to Mexico City, then to meetings in Florida and South Carolina. I will be posting about these visits in future entries.