Right Relations: Lord Moulton's Middle Doman
All human actions (noted the English judge Lord John Fletcher Moulton) fall within three domains. One is the domain of laws, requiring compliance. At the other extreme is the domain of free choice. In between, Lord Moulton identified a domain which he called “obedience to the unenforceable”. This is the domain constituted by agreements, promises, understandings, civility, and respect. In short: Right Relations. This domain is sometimes problematical for Unitarian Universalists. However, our capacity to function within this middle domain is a key indicator of the agility, resilience, and adaptive capacity in every relationship and in every human system. We’ll explore some of the implications of Lord Moulton’s model for our ongoing work of fostering Right Relations – and covenanting together -- in our Fellowship.
There will be a sermon dialogue immediately following coffee hour, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm, hosted by our RE-Visioning Working Group on Right Relations: Janet Owen, John Taylor, Ann Zimmerman, and Rev. Dave Johnson as staff liaison. Bring your coffee to the Thoreau-Emerson Room for shared reflections.