Unitarian Universalism’s Great Awakening: A Small Reflection on Peter Mayer’s Hymnody


I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the Service of the Living Tradition, where the preacher Vanessa Southern called the Unitarian Universalist community to a new awakening.

I think Peter Mayer is the bard of that awakening, the first significant hymnodist of contemporary Unitarian Universalism.

The theology he represents in his songs is the deep insight of radical interdependence, which we can find emergent in the twin assertions that the individual is precious beyond description and that individual, we, each and every precious one of us, are woven out of each other and the great earth.

Which we can find in our twin paths of love beyond all creed, and an intimacy that sees every heart as our our own.

He sings the truths of our lives.

The natural is holy.

And we are called into that realm where the sacred is found in each breath, each time a hand is stretched out to another.

He points to what we might become as we open our hearts,

When we celebrate the stories of our ancestors, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, earth-centered and humanist.

When we allow those stories their larger meaning, the pointing to the calling heart.

Opening

Our ears,

Our eyes.

Our hands.

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