05.27.18 Coming Soon: "New Wine in a New Wineskin: The Hope of Unitarian Universalism" (Rev. Tom Schmidt)
Every religion, including ours, has its roots in something much older. In the early days of Christianity, it was just one of many sects of Judaism. Both the Unitarian and Universalist traditions began as different branches of Christianity. Most would now agree that while we are inclusive of the Christian tradition, we are no longer exclusively Christian. This evolution took well over a century, but it now safe to say that our tradition is something completely unique. Yet, even though our ways have evolved with time, our means have not. What might Unitarian Universalism look like if it were freed from the archaic modes of operation we inherited from the past?
Hope: It's a noun but it's really a verb.
Here are some questions I'm asking myself...and the congregation.
How does one 'do' hope?
Where can hope be found?
And how is hope best...hoped?
Rev. Jobe tells stories of his own religious journey with his usual riff on his own failings and some that might be shared by others. On Mother's Day his highest hope is that we remember well the Unitarian Julia Ward Howe and her dream that the holiday might bring peace on earth, goodwill to all.
It's easy to talk about hope - everybody seems to have a perspective about it, and we use the word much too loosely. Let's look at hope and give this little 4 letter word its proper due.
"And now may truth make us free, hope never die...."
Special Musical Guests: The Sun City Chimers
Boundaries are personal. Boundaries are physical.
Boundaries are important.
They are emotional and they are social.
And sometimes they are unjust.
UUCL will present a special Earth Day Message and Music as Marine Biologist Amber Kuehn speaks on “Sea Turtle Conservation”
04.15.18 Service: "When Boundaries Fail and the Amazing Power of Being Present" (Rev. Charlie Tyler)
We all have barriers for all manner of reasons. Healthy barriers protect, defend and support. But what happens when those barriers fail us. What do we do with the gaps in our protective barriers? What happens next? I'll be exploring that on my next time with you.
The last time Rev. Pat Jobe was us, he alluded tot he great work doe by UU's in Selma 53 years ago, but he also became aware that many members of the UULC are unaware of the work of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery. Even if you miss the April 8 service, check out Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk at ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice. He is an extraordinary leader and voice calling for justice. Rev. Jobe will bring us up to speed.
At this holiday time of year it is easy to forget the stories of Easter and Passover. Are we missing something?
03.25.18 Service: "Coffee, Donuts, and Creating a New Economic Reality." (Rev. Tom Schmidt) *Audio Service*
Jim Wallace, Evangelical author and activist writes, “Any budget is a moral statement of priorities, whether it's a budget created by an individual, a family, a school, a city, or a nation. It tells us, mathematically, what areas, issues, things, or people are most important to the creators of that budget, and which are least important.” In other words, how we spend our money and our attention is an extension of our political and economic voice. A new economic model is emerging that takes seriously our moral responsibility for each other and the plane and it is so easy to understand that it can be explained over a cup of free-trade coffee and a donut.