Save one starfish? Fight over which pie flavor is right? Rev. Pat Jobe returns to thread a very delicate needle. He wants us to feel good in the context of everything. It may be another tough row to hoe. Special music, a youth recognition, and a clip of Henry Fonda will make this a very special service. This is also a special no-applause service. Rather than applaud just let the spirit move in the quiet inner workings of the heart.
Today is our Annual Meeting, an exercise in church democracy. It's a time you can verbalize your thoughts about our direction and our practices. We all have hopes for our congregation. What are yours? How are you willing to help?
International touring musician and UU troubadour Joe Jencks will share ideas and songs exploring what it means to place our faith in both diligence and surrender. Our lives are fundamentally a real-time forward process; a journey whose course can almost never be truly charted except by looking in the rear-view mirror. So how do we accept being people on a journey? And how do we embrace and trust in unknowable outcomes to be the gateway to goodness? An old Arab proverb says, “Trust Allah, but tie up your camel.” What does that mean to each of us now? How do we find transformative moments inside of our daily activities?
Joe Jencks is a 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit. Touring extensively throughout North America, Jencks is respected as an American Folk master. Blending vivid songwriting with well-crafted instrumentals, Jencks serves it all up with a voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Jencks has penned several #1 songs in the Folk genre, including the ever–relevant “Lady of The Harbor.” Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Joe Jencks performs and preaches in dozens of UU communities annually, and was a featured performer at the UUA General Assembly in 2013. Recent releases include The Forgotten and Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers. For more info visit: www.joejencks.com
Meaningful community underscores the true interconnection with the human spirit. Every time we meet deep and meaningful community happens. Can it go deeper?
I can never be more honest than being my authentic self. But it's taken a long time to get here...how do I get back? How do I go forward?
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Join us for a celebration of Easter as George Kanuck examined the meaning of hope and why action is needed to fulfill its promise.
Join Rev. Pat Jobe for a look at alternative ways of looking at reality. What is real? How do we honestly know how to see what is real? Is everything real also measurable? That is certainly the materialist view. When Rev. Jobe was last with us, a number of you commented that his was a "very spiritual" sermon. Ready for another walk down that path? Maybe not. We'll see.
George Washington's story about the cherry tree has stood as a model of honesty for over 200 years. But today there appears to be an expanded view. Honesty is not just refusing to lie, but an entire lifestyle. Thoughts from Australia will help enlighten us.
March 31, 2019: Service “Tears We Cannot Stop: Being Black in America Today” The Conversation Continues. Betsy Morehouse and Friends *Audio File*
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.
March 24, 2019 "The Center of the Center of the Center of the Target" Rev. Charlie Tyler *Audio File*
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.