On May's Theme of Curiosity

April 25, 2019
  • Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

One cannot help but be in awe when (we) contemplate the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
– Albert Einstein

Unitarian Universalism is a faith for curious people. Our principles and purposes assume, affirm, and promote curiosity. For example, our fourth UU principle, “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” denotes that ‘a holy curiosity’ is a core spiritual practice. We search because we are not satisfied with readymade answers to life’s complex questions. We search because we are committed to questioning traditional beliefs, religious doctrines & dogma, binary thinking, religious authority, and uses of power. From the earliest days, we’ve acknowledged that at the core of our faith lies – not answers – but questions.

Questions are inherent to the very nature of curiosity. They are both the basis and outcome of curiosity. As the actress Susan Engel said, “Curiosity isn’t the icing on the cake. It’s the cake itself.”

A holy curiosity invites us to live in the questions – big and small. It challenges us to be open to where the questions may lead. It bids us to encounter the world with openness, hopefulness, and playfulness.

A holy curiosity impels us to continuously explore and find new insights, new truths, and new meanings in our lives. It draws us deeper into life, one question at a time. It moves us into deeper engagement in our relationships. It helps us discover opportunities and beauties for life we never knew existed, to see things in new ways. It shapes and forms us into the beings that life is calling us to be. It is essential to living life more fully.

So, do you consider yourself a curious person? If so, what makes you come alive? What nurtures and sustains your holy curiosity? Are awe and wonder a part of your life? Are you open to the possibility of the presence of the holy in your life? If you are, where do you find it? Are you ready to be curious again?

Go Shining!