Prophets help us connect the dots between the world as it is and the world as it might be.
Our times ask us to exercise our capacity for prophetic witness, by Prophetic witness I mean our capacity to see what is happening, to say what is happening and to act in accordance with what we know…. Prophetic witness …is the ability to name those places where we resist knowing what needs to be known.
Rebecca Parker, UU theologian and minister
The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to attempt to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional), with the intention of making history in place of merely being pushed around by it. Only through the prophethood of all believers can we together foresee doom and mend our common ways.
James Luther Adams, UU theologian
The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2
To be a prophet requires living in and looking at the present, at what is really going on around you.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.