9/30/2018 Coming Soon: "The Awful Opportunities Toward Essential Transformation" (Rev. Charlie Tyler)
As painful as it is, often, real transformation is found in crisis. This message explores the preparation and the opportunities for real change found in traumatic days.
Gloria will examine some of the basic reasons people fear change especially in the context of how we accept and respond to racial and cultural diversity.
We will hold each other in caring thought. The Pastor and board stand with you and send you thoughts for strength, peace and renewal through these difficult times. Be sure to let us know if you have any special needs.
The Jewish New Year draws us to ancient truths and fresh perspectives on social transformation. Rev. Pat Jobe will have with him copies of his new book, Heart On Wheels, Amazin' Stories From The Life of Tommy Hicks 1954-2017. The book is not only a record of powerful friendship and connections, but it is a tribute to what can happen when people set aside differences to care for a medically fragile clown who refused to let muscular dystrophy define him or anybody else. Come laugh and ponder the possibility of leaving better than you came.
Do we know where we’re going?
Does the monarch pupa know what it’s becoming?
Is Consciousness a mere witness to, or an active participant in Transformation?
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life...
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."
(possibly a Cherokee parable and going back probably at least to the 1950's in print - but un confirmable)
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.