Feb 12, 2017 Service about Love
Our first principle is the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Our second principle is Justice, equity and compassion in human relations. So "Love" as a topic is pretty legitimate for us. In fact we return to this theme every year (its one of our favorites.)
Mark and Betty set us up for a topic of love. In fact, love is universal. It is Christian (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) it is Muslim (Rumi quotes could fill the entire hour but we limited ourselves to reading only two) and love is written about in Asia (Lao Tzu: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.)
The service was: "The Poets Speak of Love." and we did. Then we sang "There is more love somewhere" from the hymnal. (who knew the hymnal was up to the occasion.)
"Who can explain it, who can tell you why?
Fools give you reasons, wise men never try."
from-Some Enchanted Evening By Oscar Hammerstein II
Feb 5, 2017 Service about our identity as a church
Today instead of spiritual service or a social justice service. or one in which we discuss an element of our belief in the inherent worth of every human being... we gathered and tried to find our own identity in the world of church congregations. To those of you reading this who have not yet come to visit us, you should probably be glad that you stayed home to commune with small furry woodland animals instead of visiting us this week.)
For now I'm just going to post this (I think it represents what you will find when you come visit.)
by Denise Levertov
Dedicated to the memory of Karen Silkwood and Eliot Gralla
“From too much love of living,
Hope and desire set free,
Even the weariest river
Winds somewhere to the sea–“
But we have only begun
To love the earth.
We have only begun
To imagine the fullness of life.
How could we tire of hope?
— so much is in bud.
How can desire fail?
— we have only begun
to imagine justice and mercy,
only begun to envision
how it might be
to live as siblings with beast and flower,
not as oppressors.
Surely our river
cannot already be hastening
into the sea of nonbeing?
Surely it cannot
drag, in the silt,
all that is innocent?
Not yet, not yet–
there is too much broken
that must be mended,
too much hurt we have done to each other
that cannot yet be forgiven.
We have only begun to know
the power that is in us if we would join
our solitudes in the communion of struggle.
So much is unfolding that must
complete its gesture,
so much is in bud.
Jan 29 Service about Veganism
Rick K spoke to us today about Veganism.
I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. - Merijkowsky, Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
We started off with some words from our own members on veganism. Lauren said she read "Food Inc" about how the food industry treats its animals and decided not to participate any longer. Learning about the egg industry lead her to compassion. She is now a practicing vegan.
Peter spoke about growing up on a farm around farm animals and he has been a vegetarian for 9 years. He is empathetic and doesn't want to cause any pain. He is raising quail from eggs and it sometimes presents a moral dilemma. A very aggressive quail will turn on its mates. If you leave it alone it will kill the others. If you let it go in the wild it quickly is eaten by another animal. If you butcher it yourself it dies quickly without pain, but then what do you do to dispose of the body?
Rick affirmed that these are common reasons for becoming a vegetarian or vegan. It is also good for the environment. The raising of meat, particularly beef is harmful to the environment. Finally, vegetarianism/veganism is good for your health. There are many studies that conclude that vegetarians are healthier than those who eat meat.
There is also a movement within the UU community to change our first principle from recognizing the worth of every person to the worth of every being. The idea is to spread our compassion to more people; to more tribes; to more countries; to more primates; to more mammals; to more non-mammals; to more sentient beings; and so on...
If you are intrigued, there are groups in the Columbus area that can help you connect to like minded individuals. Check out The Wellness Forum's next free dinner presentation. As of this writing the next one is Feb 8, at 6 pm. Reservations needed, Call 614-841-7700. Plan ahead - it can be difficult to find. Address is 510-G, E. Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington OH 43085. They occur on a regular basis, so call for another upcoming date if this one doesnt work for you.
Also check the facts about Veganism being the equal of Environmentalsm at www.cowspiracy.com
ALSO there is interesting information on the study of nutrition in a plant based diet: http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2013/spring/5117-nutrition.html
Jan 22 Service about Defining who we are
Your correspondent was with the Women's March in Washington this weekend challenging our new president's fundamental assumptions about what constitutes rationally constructed behavior.
So, I missed the service. I'll bring you more news on this topic in two weeks when we take it up again.