March 31, 2019 3.31.19: “Tears We Cannot Stop: Being Black in America Today” The Conversation Continues. Betsy Morehouse and Friends
The March 31st service will be based on Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s book, Tears We Cannot Stop. Join Betsy Morehouse and her African American friends, Calvin and Julie Lamar, Clarence Majors and Marcella Palmer as they get up close and personal in an attempt to help us understand what it's like to be black in America today. There will be a very important discussion after the service on what white folks can do to help.
Equity, Equality, these are markers that make a person, a family, a community, a nation truly great. But it's a hard target to hit. It's easy to give up. Most in the sound of my voice won't. But, I believe, with our voice we must hold the center of the center of the center as one of life's most precious targets. And keep that message loud.
Are we really responsible for our neighbors? And just who are our neighbors, anyway? We'll examine the concept of "equity" as we acknowledge the earth we share together.
From Joan Baez: I have to remain in denial for a good portion of the time because otherwise I’d go crazy. You have to measure what you do in little victories that reintroduce compassion and empathy. We won’t have social change until people are capable of taking risks again.
We over use science and reason to exclude any talk of what most other traditions refer to as spirituality. Peter Kandis and Rev. Andy Reece have done a great job of looking at these issues from a humanist perspective. Rev. Pat Jobe comes at the issue as a mystic and a believer in the spirit that moves in the wind. Should be a lot of fun, with maybe even a serious moment or two.
You can read the text of Pat's sermon below. You can also download the text of Pat's sermon by clicking the link below.
Singer Songwriter John Prine, who was recently featured on CBS television and honored by the Gramys, is an inexhaustible source of sermon material, especially for UU ministers. Charlie Tyler has a friend who said, "Only the UU's would use John Prine as sermon material." Consider this poetic line, "Ain't it funny how an old broken bottle looks just like a diamond ring." If you're struggling with that line, look again. Consider the last time you saw a snake that turned out to be a garden hose or a statue of a saint that turned out to be a frog. Come enjoy the fun and listen for Ellen Titus to sing Angel From Montgomery.
Sunday February 17, 2019 "The Challenge of Living This Day and Only This Day" Rev. Charlie Tyler *Audio Service*
It is tempting for me to look so much into my tomorrow that today is missed. The challenge seems to be living my today, and just my today in a way that can and will be integrated into my tomorrow.
Perhaps this challenge will be meaningful.
February is Black History month, a time to explore stories that were once hidden, but now in the forefront. Who is your hero? I'll tell you mine.
January 27, 2019 Next Service "The Affirming Soul and the Soul Needing Affirmation" Rev. Charlie Tyler *Audio File*
The Postlude for this service will be Suzanne Vega's song titled Luka.
Charlie writes of this service:
"We can become a person who seeks to build that environment of safety and affirmation allowing for the 'Luka's' to tell their stories and perhaps find healing."