It is not uncommon when Unitarian Universalist congregations want to take on something important – to address a big issue or begin some new action – to turn to the worship service. “We should do a service on this!” someone will say. Sunday is, after all, the time when the greatest number of people is gathered together in one place. If you want to get a message out, or want people to feel the importance of something, the sanctuary on Sunday seems to be the place to do it.
Yet in recent years people from congregations of all kinds have offered the critique that worship that focuses on social justice is “too political;” that it’s not “spiritual enough.” By this, people mostly seem to mean that a lot of so-called “social justice” Sundays feel more like a fascinating presentation on the topic, or a rallying call to action, rather than a soul- and life-transforming experience of worship.