By Norma J. Bailey
Artists and scientists alike wonder at the beauty and mystery of the natural world. This sense of awe is at the heart of what some would call the religious experience. Where do we experience awe and wonder, and how can we cultivate this in our lives? Poets, physicists, and other seekers are welcome.
Sermon by Brigitte Bechtold; service led by Laura McBride
The second principle of Unitarian Universalism calls for compassion in human relations. How does the virtue of compassion relate to empathy and forgiveness? Is there a decline in compassion today and can we learn to become more compassionate in a time of increasing human and environmental crises?
In a spiritual community such as this one, there are times that each of us needs to lean on someone else for support…and times when we are doing the supporting. What does a healthy balance of giving and receiving look like? How can we be encouraged to ask for what we need more honestly, and to give to others more freely?
In this multi-generational service, everyone will be invited to express what they’re grateful for. We will also create a cornucopia of blessings, offering good wishes to one another and to the wider community.
Service led by Laura McBride; sermon by Rev. Victoria Safford.
On the inevitable disruption of our expectations… and the religious call to continually recalibrate:
“We crave order and control and predictable patterns in this life. When we can’t find them (because they mostly do not exist), we get anxious and we make them up, imposing our will or our opinion or our expectations of ourselves, of everybody else, all over the place, and when the universe rears up on its hind legs and says, “Well, actually no. You’re not the boss of the world, and this is not how it’s gonna go,” we are mightily disrupted… How we weather the disruptions; how we welcome them sometimes, or at least acknowledge them, honor them; how we grieve completely when loss or affliction assails us – how we grieve completely, and keep on moving forward anyway, however incompletely; how we let go of one idea, or one assumption, one dream, and re-orient our minds, our spirits, our plans around new revelations of reality – well, that is the religious life…”
Patriarchy is a multi-layered system of oppression. How is patriarchy at work in Unitarian Universalism today? What progress have we made against patriarchy? What can all of us do to create a community of greater gender equality and fairness?
Services are lead by our minister Andrew Frantz unless otherwise indicated.
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