Thankful for Unitarian Universalism

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Photo by Robin Pacella/Delmarva Media Group. From

Being true to the promise of freedom and justice

I had a quiet half-hour earlier this morning to read today’s Wilmington News-Journal. The photo above caught my eye on page A15. Yea! I thought to myself—Standing on the Side of Love. Then I read on, thankful this day that Unitarian Universalism is finding its voice across Delaware, engaging with important public issues and fighting for justice.

The article, “Support mounts Against Indian River’s LGBT stance,” told how residents of the Indian River School District were continuing to protest the school board’s proposal to exclude definitions of the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered from the high-school health curriculum.

According to the paper, the meeting was “dominated by people speaking against board member Shaun Fink, who wants the material to be removed.” In addition to being a member of the Indian River school board, Fink is pastor and founder of the Cornerstone Bible Church in Millsboro.

UUs were there, standing on the side of love. The Rev. Michael Smith, minister for the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, spoke eloquently about how pushing LGBT youth “back into the shadows of misunderstanding and prejudice and bigotry” would strip them of their inherent worth and dignity. Reporter Rachel Pacella writes:

Smith talked about the values portrayed when Indian River High School’s color guard presented the flags and the audience said the pledge of allegiance at the start of the meeting. The district’s board would not be staying true to that promise of freedom and justice for all if they cut the LGBT material, he implied.

“We put our hands over our hearts. Some warm hearts,” he said, focusing on Fink. “Some very cold hearts.”

It’s worth reading the rest of the article, if only for the incredibly articulate comments by Bryce only, a junior at Sussex Central High School. I don’t know whether Molnar is a UU, but maybe he ought to check us out.

So give thanks this day for Rev. Smith and all of the UUs of Southern Delaware for their continued courage and truth-telling. Warm hearts indeed!

—Jeffrey Lott