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.
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
A look at the amazing facts that are a cellular and atomic level, this body we mistake for who we are doesn't have any idea who we are. So who are we? Like most UU questions, that one may take a while to answer. Maybe more than one Sunday morning.
12.24.17 Service: "The Energy We Give To Myth And Eight Tiny Reindeer." (Rev. Pat Jobe) *Audio File*
Rev. Jobe explored the energy, love, loyalty, friendship and other relationships with have with myth and metaphor. As Wayne Dyer points out in the opening of his book You'll See It When You Believe It, nobody ever got wet from the word "rain."