July 16, 2017 Service about Music
I missed the service this week so I actually can't report on it with any credibility whatsoever. However, I want to take this opportunity to pass on this from Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio
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UU Justice Ohio Annual Justice Assembly: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
, Delaware OH (Methodist Theological School in Ohio)
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST JUSTICE OHIO
"Love your neighbor as yourself," he said.
"But that's hard," I said.
"Yes, neighbor, I know," he replied.
July 9, 2017 Service about Henry David Thoreau
Today we talked about Henry David Thoreau. (A guy with whom someone should have had one fewer discussion about philosophy, and one additional discussion about how not to style a beard.)
Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience". He renounced his Unitarian upbringing, but he is our kind of rebel. He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law, also, he was a bit of a nut, an anarchist in fact. For all these reasons, we Unitarian Universalists claim him. This is the 200th anniversary of his birth in 1817.
...One more thing, the father of our own Owen Thomas was a Thoreau scholar who wrote a book about our guy, Henry David Thoreau.
If you are interested in joining our community, it is a different discussion each week. Come join us.
July 2, 2017 At the UUCE
Today we just had a 4th of July picnic pot luck. We talked a bit about the founding fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and sang some songs. Its nice to belong to a community. Come join ours. We give each other mutual support, we care for one another. Sometimes we talk about our relationship with higher spirits, sometimes we talk about the relationship that the community has with its people. It is a religious community that is open to free thinkers, so what ever spiritual journey you are on, we will be supportive of you. We are just that sort of community. Plus, we do pot-luck picnics.
June 25, 2017 Service from Bryan Stevenson
The Unitarian General Assembly is going on in New Orleans this week. The keynote speaker (the Ware Lecture) this year is by Bryan Stevenson. Today's service was a video stream of the lecture.
Equal justice in this world is an achievable goal. In his opinion, there are a few things that are necessary for the activist to do.
1) Proximity. You have to go and be with the people who are being marginalized or mistreated. You have to live it, or see those who live it.
2) Change the narrative. Labels often make thing worse or make things better. Beware of the categorical shorthand. "Predators" make you afraid, but there is a human behind that label that isn't necessarily scary at all. Alcoholics are labeled as "sick". Drug addicts are labeled "criminals". Don't let them label the problem in such a way that you can't fix it... change the narrative.
3) Remain Hopeful. Hopelessness is the enemy of justice. It makes you stand up when other people sit down.
4) Be willing to do uncomfortable things. Can you think of a time when a major change took place and nobody had to do anything uncomfortable?
Each of us is more than the things we have done. The commitment to justice is not how we protect the rich, it is how we treat the poor. The opposite of poverty is justice.
If these are the issues that stir you and you would like to join a small community of people who meet to discuss topics such as social justice, then come drop in some Sunday.