11.19.17 Service: "Rashomon -- Result of a Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning?" (Bill Epes) *Audio File*
In Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film classic Rashomon, multiple eye-witnesses tell of a disturbing event. Each constructs a self-serving story. No two stories align. Humans are the storytelling animal. Does this mean the human condition is bound by our construction of multiple, subjective points of view? Are we called by our faith tradition to multiple truths we could hold in common, especially in times thick with lies, and political self-interest? In this service, we revisit the power of Story through the lens of reason, science, post-modern thought -- and the hope embedded in our Fourth UU Principle.
About Bill Epes
William Epes, M.Div., a 2017 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, served for two years as Intern Minister to the Unitarian Church in Charleston. A self-identified religious naturalist, he is applying a beginner’s mind to Buddhism and a rereading of Psalms. He last spoke at UUCL in June of 2016.