Our Universalist roots suggest that we cannot really fall from grace, or be pushed from grace. The universal love extended to us by God or the Universe is always around us, ready to embrace us at all times, even when it doesn’t always feel that way. Hell, in the Universalist understanding, is when we close ourselves off from that love, from the beauty and life-giving quality that is available if we choose to see it. Falling from grace is a choice we make rather than a condition imposed on us.
Resources mentioned during the service:
- Christ for Unitarian Universalists: A New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity by Scotty McLennan
- Community Conversations on Holidays: Rabbi Nafshi, Rev. Halstead, Rev. Leuchtenberger
- TEDTalk: Want to be happy? Be grateful by David Steindl-Rast