Edwin Markham, sometimes called the poet laureate of Universalism, wrote about inclusion and exclusion in his short epigrammatic poem Outwitted. “He drew a circle that shut me out – Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.” Drawing the circle of inclusion to the maximum diameter for our current understanding and spiritual growth is the essential expression of our principles, and always a challenge to live out in community. What would it mean to embrace a practice of Preemptive Radical Inclusion? What does it even mean?
Rev. Christopher Wulff is a fifth-generation Canadian Unitarian, who most recently served as Minister of the Westside UU Congregation in West Seattle. In his varied life he’s worked as a park ranger, a graphic designer and programmer, a counsellor for refugees and an advocate for people living in poverty, a professor of journalistic ethics, and a cook at a Unitarian Universalist retreat centre. His lovely wife Ariel also grew up UU, and worked for the CUC for many years, and they have two young kiddos who are more interested in the snack table after church than in the service, but who are quickly picking up the hymns sung around the dinner table. Christopher is currently experimenting with various treatments to resolve a period of major depression and organizing with folks to launch a new network of UU communities in Vancouver modelled after house churches and revivals.
All services are currently hybrid (i.e. both in person and via Zoom) at 11:00 a.m. To join any of our upcoming services on Zoom, please click on this SERVICE LINK a few minutes before the service.
Find the past recorded services here