Living a Faithful Life in the Time of COVID
Rev. Gretchen Weis
What does it mean to be a person of faith? To live a faithful life? In some religions, faith involves a belief in God, or a belief and trust that God’s loving intention is at work behind the scenes in our lives, even as we can’t know or see it. Faith calls us to believe that all will ultimately be well.
Or this, excerpted from Buddhist meditation instructor and author Sharon Salzberg: Faith does not require a belief system, and is not necessarily connected to a deity or God, though it doesn’t deny one. Faith is not a commodity we either have or don’t have – it is an inner quality that unfolds as we learn to trust our own deepest experience. No matter what we encounter in life, it is faith that enables us to try again, to trust again, to love again. Even in times of immense suffering, it is faith that enables us to relate to the present moment in such a way that we can go on, we can move forward, instead of becoming lost in resignation or despair.
So, what might it mean to have faith, to live a faithful life as a UU? Ours is a liberal religious tradition with no established doctrines or beliefs. We encourage each person to make up their own minds about ultimate truth and mystery, based on their personal experience of whatever they hold to be the sacred. No belief in God required.
Yet, where and in what, or whom, do we put our faith during these troubled times? I couldn’t help but wonder, what does it mean to live a faithful life right now, in this time of COVID-19?