Principle #7: The interdependent web of all existence

Personal thoughts:  While vacuuming mouse dirt in my closet I lifted a suitcase and jumped when I saw a little gray body, its long tail slightly curled but unmoving.  What to do?  I finally used a white paper towel as a shroud.  Then I texted friend Anna Maslowicz.  Since I release mouse catches from my humane trap, we decided perhaps this one had come in after eating the exterminator’s poison.  Anna thought burying it outside might cause another animal to suffer the Same Fate if it ate the poisoned body, tiny though it was.  Yes, the best solution was to put it in the trash but that seemed so, well, heartless.

Siri delivered a short chalice-lighting prayer for a memorial service that she found on the UUA website.  Luckily I had a battery-run candle and Apricot was suitably attentive to the prayer.  She even looked pensive when I read: “We kindle this light that we might find comfort in its warmth; strength in its light; holiness in its presence.”

I get pissed off (long ago UMD prof said pissed is good Old English verb we don’t use enough; I try to rectify that) when people tell me UUs don’t believe in anything.  We do–but probably not what most of them believe.  I sense UUs are very spiritual and dig within ourselves to honor our seven principles and 6 sources for guidance.  Anna agreed we showed respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part (Principle #7).

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