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.
Jacquelyn weaves her personal story while telling what happened in Orangeburg in 1968 and how it relates to today.
We are caring, compassionate people dedicated to many important social justice issues. Can we achieve greater levels of equality, peace, and freedom for all by exposing and renouncing the roots of oppression hidden inside our daily choices?
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24th: Rational observation makes it abundantly clear that reason alone is not sufficient to inspire the changes we need to save ourselves and our planet. If it was sufficient, we wouldn’t have let things get so bad. Cultural and religious myths and stories have long served as a cohesive and a driving force for societies, and most likely what is needed to lead us towards a more promising future. For many people, the prophesy of the condor and the eagle is such a story. True or not, belief in it has created real, concrete results already and provides an example for what is possible.
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month, Eric spoke on September 17 on the topic of Hispanic Heritage. Eric is the co-chair of the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition and the Publisher of La Isla Magazine. He concentrated on his story of having a Latino father from Columbia and an American mother from New Jersey and his experience as a first generation Hispanic in the Lowcountry. He also brought along a young Dreamers who is here hoping to become an American citizen.
Service: ""Doctor, my eyes. Tell me what is wrong. Was I unwise to leave them open for so long?" Jackson Browne 1972 (Rev. Charlie Tyler) *Audio File*