#264 | Birgitta McAlevey | Interdependence and Dependence

Submission 264
Birgitta McAlevey
formerly Sharon, MA; in the future Keene, NH

What is your suggestion or idea?

Interdependence. We honor the sacred interdependent web of all existence.With humility we understand our place in the web. We covenant to care for and respect the earth and all beings by fostering relationships of mutuality. We work to repair the bonds we have broken.

Dependence. We try to understand our place in the web of life with humility and gratitude. We covenant to respect and care for the earth and all beings. We commit to our fellow beings to foster less harmful and more mutual relationships.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

The AAU seems to avoid the idea of speciesism at all opportunities. Speciesism and racism, as well as many other ““isms””, are inextricably linked. Humans are not superior to one another nor are we superior to the animal kingdom. Rest assured that our collective actions, as they relate to the farming of animals and our treatment of ““wild”” animals and their habitat will be judged harshly by future generations. Which side will the AAU be on?

Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?

I am between congregations at this point. I am also a bit disillusioned with the AAU not taking more of a leadership position in combatting all the isms including speciesism. Speciesism is the starting point in understanding that the earth is not ours to trash, humans are not ours to dehumanize, and animals are not ours to abuse.