Faith in Mustard Seeds
Believe in the Laws of Life.
Faith in today is
Hope for tomorrow.
January 14, 2011
SEED BANKS and LIVING LIBRARIES; a sustainable future for our children.
Faith born of first-hand knowledge is indisputable. Faith in Organically Grown (Non-GMO) Mustard Seeds is a sensible, pragmatic proposition.
We believe that Life is sacred and that Seed is sacred. The miracle of seed is a wonderful thing: From the humblest of beginnings, such as a tiny acorn, the 1,000 year old oaks and mighty redwood trees are born. All around us we see the evidence of the miraculous wisdom of Godde’s intelligence expressed through the unfolding of DNA. Faith born of first-hand knowledge is indisputable.
We’re creating a SEED BANK and a LIVING LIBRARY
What we all need, are the innocent eyes of a child, who bears witness to the miracle of Life as a seed pushes up through the soil… that’s more than enough to convince us that an almighty, loving Godde and a Master Architect is at work all around us. In ways and places, too numerous to count, our faith in seed is being fulfilled daily. This kind of FAITH is founded in the first-hand-knowledge of Truth, Beauty, Wisdom and Justice; this is worthy FAITH. Faith in the Law of Life, which is Godde’s true and unwavering Law.
Helping to insure a sustainable future for our children by creating global SEED BANKS and LIVING LIBRARIES
Sadly however, some of us have lost our Way and we have strayed from the path of humility and gratitude… some of us have become lost in a thorny thicket of greed and avarice. Some of these people are meddling with Godde’s handiwork and they are tinkering with technology beyond their understanding, and are attempting to alter the Master Plan of Seed through manipulation of DNA and other forms of unnatural genetic modification (creating GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms). We believe that this is a very risky and dangerous activity; some might go so far as to call this an “abomination” and an affront to the Master Architecht. Hence we, along with thousands of other people around the planet, are participating in a global effort to create local SEED BANKS and LIVING LIBRARIES; a Living Library filled with books on sustainability alongside live seeds (non-GMO). These local SEED BANKS and LIVING LIBRARIES will help to insure a sustainable future for our children’s children’s children.
Commentary: This is a statement-of-faith from the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. It is posted here out of respect for the thoughtful and compassionate spirit that must have inspired its creation.
Great teachers of many faiths throughout the ages have stressed the need for ethical social behavior and the worth of the human spirit. These are our spiritual forerunners. Believing that the wonders of the universe outspill every category into which we try to fit them and that the ultimate meaning of our lives can never be permanently reduced to a brief written statement, Unitarian Universalists choose not to organize our church around a creed. We have a set of purposes and principles and a mission statement, but there are no beliefs which serve as a test of membership in our church.
What We Believe
The Mission of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco is to be a sanctuary for individual religious growth and learning, to celebrate life and worship in diverse fellowship, to bear witness to suffering and joy, and to work for peace and justice in our world.
Our Mission Statement
The Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association
- We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
The inherent dignity and worth of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part;
- The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
- Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
The Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) shall devote its resources to and exercise its corporate powers for religious, educational and humanitarian purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congregations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions and implement its principles.
The Association declares and affirms its special responsibility, and that of its member societies and organizations, to promote the full participation of persons in all of its and their activities and in the full range of human endeavor without regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, or national origin and without requiring adherence to any particular interpretation of religion or to any particular religious belief or creed.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to infringe upon the individual freedom of belief which is inherent in the Universalist and Unitarian heritages or to conflict with any statement of purpose, covenant, or bond of union used by any society unless such is used as a creedal test.