What would it mean to be a successful congregation? Should a congregation even think it should be successful? Has UUCL been successful? A reflection from my observations over the years and now in the position as Pastoral Minister.
One of my Bat Mitzvah students wrote a beautiful sermon for her Bat Mitzvah service, and I am shamelessly using it as a basis for mine. Catching the glimpse of the mind of a brilliant 13 year student is such a treat. How to make the world better from the mind of new teenager.
Following our July theme of liberation, Rev. Jobe offers freedom from the one thing we thought we might set free, the self itself. Building on some of his former talks, he asks us to look at the issue of a separate self as maybe the ultimate threat to liberation.
Rev. Jobe reflects on congregational life, with lots of positives for UULC, while still asking a tough question or two. He dreamed some of this sermon, so don't be surprised if it feels a little different.
7/15/18 Service: "Loves Liberating Power...and the high price it pays" (Rev. Charlie Tyler) *Audio File*
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
MLK Dec. 10, 1964
We all crave the patience of Job, after all isn’t he patience’s poster child. However, shouldn’t we crave even more. Find out exactly what the Bible and ancient rabbis tell us may be more valuable.
Sunday, July 1st, James will present a comprehensive explanation of how the system of medical care as provided in the United States treats the entire population from billionaires to the homeless as slaves depriving them from freedom! A description of the changes needed to free everyone from medical slavery will be discussed.
Becoming inclusive may be life's most difficult journey. This message will focus on why it's so difficult, how a person might become more inclusive, and what that means for any person and organization.
Moral Injury is an invisible wound that many of our veterans suffer. By understanding moral injury, we can help our veterans heal as well as recognize our own wounds and begin to forgive ourselves.
Rev. Jobe will encourage work on the person in the mirror, lest we start thinking inclusion is always about other people. That delicate balance between self-love and narcissism will be explored while we balance our social, political agenda against self-care, fun, the deep breath that reminds us what a glory it is to be alive. Whether you make it to service on June 10 or not, don't forget to take those glorious deep breaths.