NON-WL: My first Worship Associate Assignment
Friday, September 24, 2010
NON-WL means Non-Weight Loss related. :-) Just because it's on my mind.
This year I was accepted to be a Worship Associate at my congregation (I am Unitarian Universalist. uua.org if you want to know what that is). We help to run the service and we have to do a Personal Reflection about 3 minutes long on the subject of the sermon (this is the equivalent of the "reading" in Christian/Catholic churches)
So, I got the subject of my first Worship Associate sermon that I have to do a reflection on. Couldn't be something that I'm already comfortable with like Compassion, or Gratitude. Oh, no. My subject is "The Oldest Theological Question" - “Why do bad things happen?” Did God create evil? Are there people who are born bad? Is the Universe just random, where stuff happens and you have to deal with it? Is there any benevolence? If you are a really good person should you expect only good to happen to you? What do the religions of the world have to say about this question?
Holy Moly! I have my work cut out for me. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking that maybe it's not coincidence that I got this subject. Maybe I really need to think about it. The reflections are supposed to be your personal experience of the subject - and I'm happy to say I haven't had too much experience with evil. Badness, yes. But Evil, thankfully no. In fact, I'm a little afraid to delve into it too much for fear the universe will give me an opportunity to experience it.
Comments gratefully accepted!