FaithRocket

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What is FaithRocket?

FaithRocket is a theme-based ministry resource available to UU congregations. It has been developed by the Church of the Larger Fellowship (the UUA’s largest congregation which functions as an online fellowship composed mostly of persons who are not within driving distance of a traditional UU congregation) and Launchpad (a multi-site and church-planting ministry promoting innovative ways to create, grow, and develop new UU congregations).

FaithRocket provides congregations with a wide range of materials to take ministry beyond the traditional Sunday morning service. While it does include worship materials based on a monthly theme, it also includes resources for small groups, for religious education, and for social media. Social media resources include quote memes, podcasts and YouTube videos, and thoughtful essays by notable UUs.

For those of our members and friends who use Facebook, watch for FaithRocket materials on High Street Church’s group page. If you’re not yet a member on our group page, got to https://bit.ly/2KnLHm3 to request to be added as a member.

The FaithRocket theme for May is “INTEGRITY.”

Resources for the Week of May 24-30

A FaithRocket Quote for Monday:

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A FaithRocket Reflection for Tuesday:

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A FaithRocket Podcast for Wednesday:

“Living with Integrity in a Post-Truth World” by Mark Ward

A FaithRocket Quote for Thursday:

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A FaithRocket Quote for Friday:

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A FaithRocket Essay for Saturday:

“Watertight Integrity”

by Rev. Matt Tittle (1961-2018)

I learned about risk-taking as a component of integrity in the Navy. I spent 11 years as an active duty Naval Officer, and four and a half of my 20 years of service were aboard ships. In ships and submarines, watertight integrity is essential. Without it, the ship risks sinking. Each door and hatch is lined with a rubber seal, treated with petroleum jelly and tested periodically for its integrity. This ensures that there won’t be any leaks into the next compartment in the event that one side is flooded.

We constantly trained in the Navy to ensure that our watertight integrity remained intact. During General Quarters, the level of alert that we go to when danger is imminent, all doors and hatches are closed and sealed. No one is allowed to move around the ship and open any of these doors.

But, Condition Zebra is an extreme condition in which we take no risks. Everything is locked tight. We don’t go to that condition of watertight integrity very often and don’t stay in it for very long. So, we also had condition Yoke, Xray, and modified Zebra—all different degrees of watertight integrity. Just like in life. Sometimes we open doors and take a calculated risk, sometimes we don’t.

Fundamentalist or conservative faiths might be considered to be more often in condition Zebra, relying more on certainty and allowing for very little risk. But they deny their wholeness in the very act of trying to maintain it—people don’t function as well if they are constantly locked down. As believers in a liberal tradition we allow for less rigidity in our knowledge and beliefs, and are more affirming of others’ beliefs. We take calculated risks, but need to have a keen understanding of why we are doing so, and a plan for when we might tighten up a little.

We often talk about integrity in terms of honesty, of right and wrong. But integrity isn’t a question of either/or, it isn’t a question of should or shouldn’t, can or cannot. Integrity is more complex than that. Critics might say this is a slippery slope—that it is moral relativism to explain away integrity as other than pure and certain. To them I say, we can lock down every door. Or we can live our lives paying attention to our wholeness, maintaining our commitment to freedom, having courage in our convictions, and knowing when to take risks.