Don't fall into the Christmas trap. Yes, "trap". I'll explain in a brief meditation this Sunday.
Waiting is not a solitary activity
Waiting is a gift of time you give your self
A pause, a breath, a moment to notice what is
Because there is always one more thing…
on our pilgrimage of making the world a better place,
Of healing our soul and mending our heart
Due to technical constraints we were not able to record this service.
The Universe to Charlie: "Wait"
Charlie to the Universe: "Aaahhhh....Aaaaaaaahhhh...."
The Universe to Charlie: "It took 13 billion years for me to get to be you. That wasn't so bad was it?"
Charlie to the Universe: "oh"
The Universe to Charlie: "Now! Lets get going"
Sharing a story from his life, David discussed how, though it might take years, it is possible to rewrite your life story.
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.
Stories are much more than an assembly of words. Stories have a life of their own; they move souls and mountains and we each have stories to tell.
It's about life. It's about living. And there something about the end of life that draws the attention of the human spirit of life. Hopefully this message may give each of us permission to look deeply into the fact that...well...each of us is/are dying. And also to look deeply into the urgency of life which dying brings to us. Perhaps, it may be, that as we/you/I each consider our own death we will find a deeper desire for...well...life.
This was be a special "Day of the Dead" Service
This year we welcomed back the “Day of the Dead” Service that was so meaningful last year. To celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones, human or animal, congregants brought a memento, picture or a special cup to “toast” a dear departed this year.
We had an ‘altar’ for the items brought to church;
wine or juice was available for a toast.
Please Note: UUCL youth can wore a mask or costume for the service.
Come Celebrate Life With Us.
The human experiment has reached a fork in the road. One path will essentially continue the path of domination and control that has brought us to this point, the other is the path of belonging and connectivity. I choose to live indigenously. I choose to be linked so immeasurably to a place and a people as to lose awareness of the separateness I once imagined. We have tried the opposite, we have tried living as mere individuals striving to dominate each other and our environment, and it has lead us to this precipice.
It's a remarkably confessional sermon, which Rev. Pat Jobe's oldest son said he wouldn't be able to deliver without crying. Jobe talked about his recent retirement in Greenville, his relationship with the UULC, and how we belong to each other in the work of overcoming our frailty and going ahead and doing good work beyond our flaws and failures. Jobe expressed his deep gratitude to UULC for loving support and friendship.
The annual water service, sometimes called a "water communion," took place during our 10/15 Sunday service.
The water service is a UU ritual, usually conducted in the fall when friends and members return from their summer travels. They are invited to bring a sample of water from their travels, or water that has other significance for them. All of the samples are poured into a common bowl or vase to signify coming together again. It's a way of symbolizing that many are one, that we belong to a beloved community, and a way to get reacquainted.