There once was a “Uni” named “Wendy,”
Whose horn glitzed in gold was so trendy.
She searched for her herd,
Where diversity is spurred—
Found the Fellowship varied aplenty!
Author & UUFP member Julian Padowicz marries his passion for writing with his zeal for sharing the UUFP story of embracing diversity.
Last month, Wendy’s dream gave insight into the importance of every component of our beautifully complex world and spurred her on to finding her purpose. Our little pony joyfully experiences inclusivity in her UUFP family. She hopes both adults and children will share her story about who we are and what we do as Unitarian Universalists and will offer a warm welcome to all to our Fellowship.
"Green is for Good – for Unicorns, UUs and the Universe"
In her dream, Wendy had danced with her mother, a beautiful white unicorn, so tall and graceful, with a long flowing mane, white tail and that golden horn growing proudly out of her forehead—just like Wendy’s!
Wendy could not remember having ever seen her mother in real life, but here they were, moving gracefully left and right, back and forth to the music, outside of Wendy's stable, their shining hooves clattering rhythmically on the green concrete.
Green concrete? What green concrete? The concrete slab behind Wendy's stable was gray, like the little bit of concrete she could see, right now, anchoring the wooden post that held up the barn roof.
So why was it green in her dream? Where had Wendy ever heard of green concrete?
Now Wendy remembered she had heard of it on television. Mr. Fence…no, Mr. Gates, Mr. Bill Gates, the computer man, had been talking on television about green concrete and green steel, but everyone knew that he had not meant concrete or steel that was actually green in color. What he had meant was concrete and steel that were produced in such a way that it didn't pollute our atmosphere.
The making of concrete and steel and many other materials required a great deal of energy. The way we had traditionally gotten that energy, Wendy had learned, was by burning oil, coal or gas. But burning oil, coal or gas created a lot of poisons that dirtied the air, which animals, people and plants later breathed. Breathing that dirty air, or eating the plants that had breathed it, made animals and people sick...and, sometimes, it even killed them.
Wendy had another scary thought. Was that the reason why there were no other unicorns around? Had there been something in the air that was poisonous to unicorns? Something that had killed all of her relatives...or, at least made it impossible for them to have baby unicorns? Was dirty air the reason that Wendy was the only unicorn that she knew of?
Suddenly, this was a very personal and very important question to Wendy. Suddenly, creating energy by "green" methods, by wind and solar panels, those big flat things she had seen people place on roofs to turn sunshine into electricity, was very, very, very important.
It was too late to do anything about Wendy's relatives, but there is a great deal to do about teaching people that we need green concrete, green steel and green electricity. Green heat in the winter, green air conditioning in the summer, green cars, green locomotives, green manufacturing of all sorts are needed, all of which Wendy was sure we could do with things like wind turbines and solar panels.
Yes, it was more challenging to go out and build those turbines and set up the solar panels than to dig up more coal or pump up more oil, but we have to do it or else end up poisoning more animals and more people. Because, in a few years, maybe there would be no more polar bears or elephants or sparrows.
It could be Wendy's job from now on, her mission, to help convince people that we need to make our world more green...more green and more healthy for living things.
Wendy learned how UUs value the interdependent web of all existence and personally experienced how she is a part of something marvelously greater than her individual self.
OUR GO-GREEN GALLOPER FOUND HER PLACE IN THE MISSION OF BEING HER BEST SELF AND MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE—A UNIVERSAL BELOVED COMMUNITY. WENDY MAY BE DEPARTING OUR READERSHIP, FOR NOW, BUT KNOW THAT SHE CONTINUES WITH HER NEW FAMILY, GIVING RIDES TO CHILDREN, AND:
GROWING IN WONDER, CONNECTING IN LOVE, ENGAGING IN SERVICE, AND INPSIRING GENEROSITY!
(Check out all the "Wendy the Unicorn" stories featured in the UUFP eFlame Blog under "Sharing Our Stories.")