05.27.18 Service: "New Wine in a New Wineskin: The Hope of Unitarian Universalism" (Rev. Tom Schmidt) *Audio File*
Every religion, including ours, has its roots in something much older. In the early days of Christianity, it was just one of many sects of Judaism. Both the Unitarian and Universalist traditions began as different branches of Christianity. Most would now agree that while we are inclusive of the Christian tradition, we are no longer exclusively Christian. This evolution took well over a century, but it now safe to say that our tradition is something completely unique. Yet, even though our ways have evolved with time, our means have not. What might Unitarian Universalism look like if it were freed from the archaic modes of operation we inherited from the past?
Hope: It's a noun but it's really a verb.
Here are some questions I'm asking myself...and the congregation.
How does one 'do' hope?
Where can hope be found?
And how is hope best...hoped?
Rev. Jobe tells stories of his own religious journey with his usual riff on his own failings and some that might be shared by others. On Mother's Day his highest hope is that we remember well the Unitarian Julia Ward Howe and her dream that the holiday might bring peace on earth, goodwill to all.
It's easy to talk about hope - everybody seems to have a perspective about it, and we use the word much too loosely. Let's look at hope and give this little 4 letter word its proper due.
"And now may truth make us free, hope never die...."
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