What a year we’ve had, and instead of looking forward to better things in the new year, we stare in horror at the historically most draconian (so-called middle class tax cut) budget buster ever in the US. We have all made an effort – well, this year we’ve made multiple efforts – and still our democracy is being eviscerated in Washington by those who would have it serve them instead of their constituents. With a collective heart, we have made enough noise to thwart much of the retroactive game-playing legislation that has come before Congress and state legislatures. Then comes this self-serving and dangerous tax legislation. Congress passes it; the President signs it. “We are working to give the American people a giant tax cut for Christmas. We are giving them a big beautiful Christmas present in the form of a tremendous tax cut,” he says. OMG it’s disheartening. Church isn’t for politics – it’s for people. So join with some people and make some more noise…lots more noise. Sing a new song, jump up and down, put on a righteous skit on the Statehouse steps, collect signatures, carry signs, write, call, sit in (you can’t afford to sit out!), picket, march, make lots and lots of noise!

How in Hell will I find the energy and the will to do what is necessary? How will I energize all the people in all the progressive organizations that have been working straight-out for years already? Not by yourself; not on the political battlefields; not with a hopeless attitude. In church. Church gives you a choice of a dozen ways to make noise for a better world. Be renewed and bring your friends. Listen to our youth. Rehearten yourself with sermons and coffee hour, with aspirational singing and meaningful conversation. Take in the quiet so you can go out and make the noise. Recharge and reconnect. You have to do it but you don’t have to do it alone. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, hold hands and take it to the next level.

Lyssa Andersson
UUCGL President Board of Trustees
January 2018