Our Minister


Dany Crosby

From The Minister- May 2017


So often in life we can feel powerless, as if there is nothing that we can do. That whatever we do will make no real difference and will have no impact on the world. I know this feeling, itbs one Ibve been overcome by many times. There is some truth in it, but it is not the whole truth. While whatever we do as individuals will not alter the way that life is, it does not mean that we make no impact, that what we say and do does not matter. The truth is that we are all a part of the creation and/or destruction of life. We have no idea how much we do, say and act impacts on those we interact with. A small act here in the town in which we live can start off a chain reaction that can begin to turn the tidal wave of fear and destruction that seems to be overpowering our world.

I was thinking about this during the recent Unitarian Annual Meetings at Birmingham. I enjoyed the meetings, there was a real sense of togetherness. We are a small denomination, there are only about 3,000 of us throughout the Great Britain and yet what we do does matter. We have an important role to play. We are an example of love and tolerance, of spiritual love and one I believe our world desperately needs.

There were two aspects of the annual meetings that stood out for me. One was the beautifully moving opening celebrations. The Welsh Unitarians performed a musical play titled bWalk Onb which told the story of their struggle to survive against the tide of intolerance and how this spirit of walking on in faith can be carried on into the future. It was deeply moving, the singing was amazing and it touched my soul. It was a wonderful example of religion at its best and it was deeply spiritually moving. The second was during the business meeting when a presentation was given by the British Red Cross in recognition of the money we had raised as a denomination for the Clara Barton Red Cross appeal. Over the last three years we as a denomination have raised more money for British Red Cross per capita, than any other in this land, a total of £96,000. We as a denominations have made our contributions, so thank you for that. Of course, this money wonbt change the world, but it will make a positive difference to those we do touch.

This brings to mind a favourite story of mine, bThe Starfish Storyb. A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance; as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water.

Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean. As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water. The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied," I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. "But", said the man, "You can't possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can't possibly make a difference." The boy smiled, bent down and picked up another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied: bMade a difference to that oneb

It is easy to feel powerless in this world, as if what we do does not make an impact. Never believe this. It matter to those whose lives you touch and you never know one small act here in our little town may begin a wave of compassion that will bring healing to a wounded and wounding world.

Love and respect Rev Danny