Sermons and Services
Sharing a story from his life, David discussed how, though it might take years, it is possible to rewrite your life story.
11.19.17 Service: "Rashomon -- Result of a Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning?" (Bill Epes) *Audio File*
In Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film classic Rashomon, multiple eye-witnesses tell of a disturbing event. Each constructs a self-serving story. No two stories align. Humans are the storytelling animal. Does this mean the human condition is bound by our construction of multiple, subjective points of view? Are we called by our faith tradition to multiple truths we could hold in common, especially in times thick with lies, and political self-interest? In this service, we revisit the power of Story through the lens of reason, science, post-modern thought -- and the hope embedded in our Fourth UU Principle.
About Bill Epes
William Epes, M.Div., a 2017 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, served for two years as Intern Minister to the Unitarian Church in Charleston. A self-identified religious naturalist, he is applying a beginner’s mind to Buddhism and a rereading of Psalms. He last spoke at UUCL in June of 2016.
Stories are much more than an assembly of words. Stories have a life of their own; they move souls and mountains and we each have stories to tell.
It's about life. It's about living. And there something about the end of life that draws the attention of the human spirit of life. Hopefully this message may give each of us permission to look deeply into the fact that...well...each of us is/are dying. And also to look deeply into the urgency of life which dying brings to us. Perhaps, it may be, that as we/you/I each consider our own death we will find a deeper desire for...well...life.
This was be a special "Day of the Dead" Service
This year we welcomed back the “Day of the Dead” Service that was so meaningful last year. To celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones, human or animal, congregants brought a memento, picture or a special cup to “toast” a dear departed this year.
We had an ‘altar’ for the items brought to church;
wine or juice was available for a toast.
Please Note: UUCL youth can wore a mask or costume for the service.
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