Several years ago I joined a group of UU’s on a pilgrimage to Transylvania. We visited the hilltop fortress where Francis David was imprisoned until his death. In Wellspring, we read about our Unitarian roots in Europe (For Faith and Freedom, by Charles Howe) and the history came alive for me because of having been there. I comprehended the magnitude of the changes instituted by Francis David and honored his life. I am in awe of the strength of belief it took for him to stand up in the face of the established church and say, this is the truth as I see it.
I wonder sometimes what beliefs I would feel compelled to defend to in the face of prison and death. We are so blessed to live in this society of more-or-less open discourse about matters of religion and the soul. Our own church community and Wellspring nurture me in my own quest for truth and meaning. What must it have been like for Francis David to stand up, alone, for what he believed? And yet he did – and we are stronger for it.
“We need not think alike to love alike.” (Unitarian History)