Jim Wallace, Evangelical author and activist writes, “Any budget is a moral statement of priorities, whether it's a budget created by an individual, a family, a school, a city, or a nation. It tells us, mathematically, what areas, issues, things, or people are most important to the creators of that budget, and which are least important.” In other words, how we spend our money and our attention is an extension of our political and economic voice. A new economic model is emerging that takes seriously our moral responsibility for each other and the plane and it is so easy to understand that it can be explained over a cup of free-trade coffee and a donut.
“Don’t give up! I believe in you all! A person’s a person, no matter how small! And you very small persons will not have to die if you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
On the anniversary of James Reeb's death, Rev. Pat Jobe takes us back to the Selma march, the UU leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and reminds us of the good done by folks who saw ethical action through the lens of Unitarian Universalism. It will be full of the joy of our social movements. Wait a minute. ALL these people were Unitarians?
Rev. Jobe talked about Michael Singer's book, The Untethered Soul. Singer offers us relief from the monkey mind. He encourages us to a free and open relationship with all of life. It can be a tough challenge or it can raise the energy of loving life through the simple act of taking one more deep breath.
If 'change' is something a person desires we ought go to our most powerful and mysterious organ. And it's not the brain...it's the mind.
Come to our service on February 11th and hear the voices of our youth. Listen to their stories of change.
2.4.18 Service: "Don't Bow Down at the Altar of Change, You May Scrape Your Knees" (Rev. Dick Hood) *Audio File*
Idolatry has existed for as long as humans have walked the face of the earth. Today we think we have no idols, but we are wrong. They are still present; they have just disguised themselves with clever, modern gift wrap.
Change is frightening to some of us; we put a lot of effort into avoiding it like the plague. Others find Change to be exciting, enlivening, an adventure. But regardless of our feelings, Change is an inevitable part of Life, a virtual Law of Nature.
Think about one thing you have changed in your life, or about a time when things changed and you had no control over the changes. How did you deal with it? What tools or skills did you use? Come this month to hear what our speakers have to share about Change.
You may learn to “be the change you wish to see.”
The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly has long been used as a metaphor for human spiritual development, and appropriately so. Teachers and parents are wont to catching caterpillars and placing them in jars or other appropriate see-through container to show children the awe-inspiring process yet the real magic remains invisible to us. What we don’t see is that the process is actually quite messy and that is real lesson we need to learn. What looks like magic and mystery from the outside is chaotic and quite messy on the inside.