Folks at Eliot Church already know of my affection for all things Olympia Brown
. There is a discussion going on about her much quoted demand that we "stand by this faith". This is a very popular worship reading (both responsively and not) in UU circles and one that tries to bring us to the very best and most demanding aspects of our lives as people of faith. That is, it is not the Ames Covenant or the Ten Commandments, but she is telling us to pay attention to the core and to respond to the (often difficult) call from God and teaching of Jesus.
You can find it discussed first at Phil's Little Blog on the Prairie
with a response from (and resposese to) Philocrites
. Check it out! They are part of a constant and commendable search for identity and meaning in the UUA.
Also, I have added a link to the United Church News
, the online version of...er... the United Church News!