Spaces Between


“Spaces Between”

Rev. Caitlin Cotter

space between

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

These words, first sung by Jim Henson’s Kermit in 1979, resonate especially strongly this morning.

We gather here as a community of people who are more than categories, a people who know that we are loved, we are enough – wholly and deeply – exactly as we are. We gather here today as Unitarian Universalists, as seekers, as dreamers, as people who believe in answering the call of love. We can be a part of finding the rainbow connection, of traveling over the rainbow to the land where dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

This is the promise that we made, when this congregation decided all those years ago to become what’s called a “welcoming congregation.”

We promised to dream big dreams.

Dreams of acceptance.

Dreams of diversity and plurality.

Dreams of freedom and family,

community and connection.

Being a welcoming congregation is not just about being nice to any gay people who may wander in these doors. It is about living into the words we say, about facing into the realities of our diversity and our potential to make our dreams of inclusion and transformation a reality.

Not everyone sees it that way, of course . . .

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