September 25


E Pluribus Unum is the traditional motto of the United States and proclaims in Latin “out of many, one”. We might take the time to reflect on what it says and what we want to believe about this nation: that a diverse people can achieve unity. Unity is about affirming commonalities. It promotes living in harmony with others. Unity is crafted when we build strong communities. It means working to support shared values with others who believe that when one person gains we all gain, and when one is excluded we are all responsible. It can lead to actions demonstrating our solidarity with others and to rejecting words that fire up our differences. Without unity, there is little hope for us to live with compassion, justice, and in national peace.


That all may be one.


Where do you see walls that separate groups in our society along economic, racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, or other lines?  Where are there signs of unity and hope? How can you support unity in your sphere of life? How can you hold elected officials accountable for their responsibility to unite and not divide this nation?

Suggested Reading

How good it is and how pleasant when God’s people live together in unity.
Psalm 133:1

Only when we have the courage to cross the road and look in one another’s eyes can we see there that we are children of the same God and members of the same human family.
Henri J. M. Nouwen

We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.
Thomas Merton

The most successful of the nations of the world are those who do not fall into the lure of secession but who, through thick and thin, forge unity in diversity.
Yemi Osinbajo

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
Winston Churchill

Remember upon the conduct of each depend the fate of all.
Alexander the Great

You can’t have unity without diversity.
Richard Twiss

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.
Sai Baba

What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.
Stevie Wonder