Faith Voices: Sacred Activism, Rev. Wendy Jones

A few weeks ago, I came across an interview of a spiritual teacher named Matt Kahn who was talking about something called “sacred activism.”

He defines sacred activism as “external empowered decision making that affects the greater good of all.”

He says sacred activism is made up by “decisions and choices based on what we are for and not against…No amount of action from a misaligned place is going to do anything but promote the very energy that many people are against. And so then we switch sides without knowing it.”

I was inspired by this concept of “sacred activism.” I, like most of us, don’t like to be around angry, mean people. I am, on the other hand, thrilled to be around loving, motivated people.

It’s the loving, motivated people who get things done. It’s the loving, motivated people who put together the women’s march. It’s the loving motivated people who are attempting to clean up our oceans and put out the fires in Australia.

It’s the loving, motivated people who surrounded the mosque in Grand Junction last spring to show that we are bigger than the bigotry that would vandalize their beautiful new sign.

It is the loving, motivated people who showed up at the MLK marches throughout the country recently.

I have been saying to my congregation for a few years now that humanity is at a crossroads. We see it all around us. The question is which direction will we ultimately take?

Are we part of a revolution of enlightenment and love or are we sleeping through it? Are we getting sidelined by anger and resentment or are we living into our highest spiritual principles of inter-connection and love?

These are the questions of the time.

MLK was a strong voice 50 years ago. And, Howard Thurman was a strong voice before him, and Frederick Douglass was a strong voice before him, and Harriet Tubman was a strong voice before that.

The question is, who among us will be named as those strong voices in future history books? Standing for justice is scary, but we do not do it alone or without guidance.

Rosa Parks is quoted as saying, “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, that diminishes the fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Let us enter into these uncertain times with clarity, with love and with the knowing that alignment with deep purpose does indeed diminish the fear.

Rev. Wendy Jones
Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley
Western Colorado Faith Leaders Table

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