And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  –Anaïs Nin

I recently read a blog put out by the UUA’s Faith Development office entitled
Where Do #WokeBabies Come From.  I share it here and encourage everyone to read it. Read it with your families and take time to discuss it. Also at the link above are a list of resources that may be helpful in expanding our understanding and putting our Unitarian Universalist values into practice – for all ages.  

With the Soul Matter’s theme of Risk this month, I find this particular article exactly what I needed to keep my spirits up and moving forward.

As a younger mother I recall the times I dragged my children on my excursions delivering Project Santa gifts to families, driving to Los Angeles for peace rallies against US involvement in Iraq, and many other causes I believed in.

We do our best as parents and as people of faith to bring attention to ideals we want to instill in ourselves, the world, and probably with the hope that it will spill over into our children.  

It is risky to behave in ways that we hope one day will “make history”, yet we show up in community to do so. That, for me, is why I choose to belong to a religious community. It’s the reason I fought with my children about going to church when they refused to go, even though it would have been easier not to force them. Was I right to do so? I don’t know – but I was willing to take the risk. May we find courage in one another, in peace, De Anna

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

“May your life preach more loudly than your lips.”William Ellery Channing