"Revelation is not sealed. Unitarian Universalism is constantly undergoing a process of creation. And it will be processed in conversations. Conversation is the currency of organizations. "No self survives a real conversation", says David Whyte, yet we often come into conversation as teachers only or as learners only or as one thing that we hold on to until the end. Conversation is a process open to dissent, opposition, as well as collaboration, feelings we are not used to, half-formed thoughts, and undone theses. The Western mind has been trained to think that thoughts are complete and can be copyrighted once articulated and published. This is a practice and a well-ingrained rehearsal of resistance to collaboration, co-forming ideas, and thinking with others. In 2011. A study published in the Harvard Business Review found that teams with more women solve problems better. We can surmise that it's because women are socialized to think together and get the work done with less ego. Meanwhile, corporations are organizing better by deriving more wisdom from ideas that are connected non-linearly, often tangentially or off-tangent, and sometimes adversarially. It gives organizations a better systems-level view of variables that form an interconnected web, and see how the whole web shifts and moves. If corporations make more sense with diversity intelligence than churches, we are in danger. Corporations are organisms that subsume the human being to a mere variable in a self-preserving, self-perpetuating intelligent system. Conversation is their bloodline, money is their food. Analogously, let us (UU ministers and community ministers) examine how our organizations are behaving by keeping the conversation alive on self-examination, reflection, learning and praxis."
This is the description of the Facebook conversation group, "UU Leaders in Prophetic Work." Rev. Tet Gallardo is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines.
This year has been uncommonly long, large and deep relating to the nature of truth.
For me, it is very personal.
For me as a spiritual leader, it is very universal.
How do we prepare to hear truth and speak truth?
What is a fact?
Why is direct experience a Thing?