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.
1/14/18 Service: "Is It Possible There Is Still Something Awe-Inspiring?" (Rev. Pat Jobe) *Audio File*
As Rev. Pat Jobe was serving the Greenville UU, one of his atheist parishioners asked him to stop using the word, "sacred," and substitute the term, "awe-inspiring." He complied and fell in love with the term. As in recent services, he has asked us to consider the mythos that resonates in our own lives, this Sunday he will tell some wild and crazy stories of people who experienced awe in the presence of some pretty traditional icons. It is not for the faint of heart.
When speaking of Rebirth, one could be referring to reincarnation (being reborn - after death - into a new body), or a spiritual rebirth of being “born again” during this lifetime. There are also the terms ‘revival’ and ‘renaissance,’ both of which have roots in other languages that mean returning to life or going through a second birth. Our speakers for January will share their interpretations of the concept and meaning of Rebirth as it applies to our times and our lives. Join is for what promises to be an interesting and thought-provoking exploration.
“Like the butterfly, you will also go through stages of change, rebirth, and new beginnings for transformation and renewal.” Susan C. Young