May 10: “From Where Does Empathy Come?”

Presenter: Don Morishita

Earlier this year, our Idaho state legislature passed two anti-transgender laws, both of which are or will be challenged in court this year. For the past two months, our state has been on a stay at home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of this crisis, Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalists teamed up with Idaho Home Health and Hospice to provide sack lunches to children and senior citizens who were unable to get lunches the first week the stay at home order was in place. Many volunteers answered to the call for donations and help.

These two events have something in common. Those who helped provide sack lunches expressed their empathy for those in need. Those who were against the two legislative bills expressed their empathy in support of the LGBTQ community.

Where does empathy come from? The first principle of Unitarian Universalism teaches us to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

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