PREPARING FOR THE NEW LIFE: Using this week to make our moral and spiritual resolutions

`by Rev. Leland Stewart

At the heart of the emerging global civilization lies the gospel of the interdependent unity of all things.  All forms of life are interrelated with all other forms; none can exist without the others.  It is time, therefore, to proclaim this interdependence and to draw together those who feel ready to live by its dictates.  We are in the beginning days of the new dispensation whose transforming power has not yet been felt in a major way.  In drawing together these beings more and more throughout the world, the good news of the age now coming into existence will be ever more widely heard and its fruits realized.

                   A Unity-and-Diversity Gospel, World Scripture V. 2, page 181

Today is New Year’s Sunday, which lies in the middle of the week in which we are invited to reflect on our life and to make resolutions as to how we will move toward a more meaningful and spiritually awakened life in the coming year.  It is time also to improve on our commitment to the ethical principles taught by the world’s religions and by the learnings which have taken place since the ages led by these religions.  One of these teachings has been proclaimed by the DVD “Beyond Right and Wrong” that has been shown recently.

This month was opened with the question: “What Is the Good News?”  What is meant by that question is that every civilization has been guided by a new vision, usually brought forth by a religious leader.  In Asia its visionaries were initially Lao Tze and Confucius, and later on by the Buddha.  In the Middle East it was made manifest initially by Moses, then by Jesus of Nazareth, and later on by Mohammed.  From these religious visionaries, the religions moved to other countries of the world.

Our present world is in need of a new vision, and conditions are getting worse for the lack of such a clear vision.  Democracy is different in how it gives birth to the needed vision; it can no longer be just one person but rather the coming together of a community that manifests the vision, and eventually the awakening of the world to the power of that vision.   It may well be that a single individual will first give voice to that vision, but its effectiveness in transforming the world will require a mass movement that extends around the globe.  Many such efforts are underway, but they have yet to fully come together and to cooperate toward that end.

The Unity-and-Diversity World Council has focused on holding some form of interfaith gathering at this time of the year for more than half a century, beginning in 1958 at the Los Angeles City Hall.  This year, and for the past three years, it has been called the Interfaith Celebration of Light.  It was held on Saturday evening, December 13th, at the IMAN Cultural Center.

Now that it has been held, it is our turn to use this period from December 25th to January first to focus on our need for awakening and for making resolutions to establish our need for ethical and spiritual transformation.  What is the good news for you?  What is it that in your life needs changing in order for your highest and best to be released?  By the 31st of December it would be great for you to write down these resolutions and then commit to their actualization in the New Year.

Spirit is One; paths are many!!!