March 12, 2023

E pluribus unum: Is that true today?

Way back in 1776, John Adams and others decided that the phrase “E pluribus unum” would become the mottos for the new country called America. Translated, it means “Out of many, one.” There was, at that time, not a large mixture of ethnicity, religious, or even political groups of people. That is certainly not the case in 2023. How does something so old apply to Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship now? What are the differences today that make us skeptical that the many varieties of Americans are definitely not one? Let’s address a few: race, religion, ethnicity, and language to name a few. Can we find an answer for what it takes to make one congregation out of that many differences?