June 3, 2018 Service about Resistance
This was a sermon delivered by Pastor Kimberly Quinn Johnson. She said not all resistance is the same and we must be clear what we are resisting. We resist the unfamiliar, we resist the uncomfortable, We resist change. For some, our surrounding culture was familiar and comfortable, but now they look foreign and challenging.
To overcome resistance, takes love. Love paired with power is justice, she said. Love is the art of nurturing our interdependence. Love is the rejection of fear. Love creates space for others.
So how do we know what resistance is worth engaging in? Resistance is courage born from Love.
And, finally, she made the point that rejoicing opens us up to healing. It is hope. Sing out, even if you aren't very good at it. Once we blend in, all the voices together sound great and give us hope.
Come join us in our discussions(!)
May 27 Service about Pursuasion
Is anyone... can anyone... persuade you to change your mind? Persuade: to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action We discussed this today. John Adams wrote that facts are stubborn things, but our minds are even more stubborn.
Today we had a very lively discussion. Our newest contributor, Jenny, persuaded us that emotion touches the heart and the intellect. We cannot present enough facts to overcome the feeling that if the other person in the discussion believes you don't care about them, then they will not listen to your facts anyway. The intersection of cultures helps people see things in a new way. This is why, we think, that living in cities widens perspective, introduces new ideas. It was a spirited discussion afterward.
Come join us in our discussion. We might change your mind, but keep in mind that UU insist on no absolute religious dogma. We share a spiritual journey (well, some of us) but we don't dictate one. We explore religions from time to time, and discuss spirituality even more often.
If you are a free-thinker, please consider joining us some Sunday,
May 20, 2018 Service about War and Peace
Today Becca spoke about peace. She talked about the UN and the Charter that set hopes for world peace. It hasn't worked out as promised, but even as the security council is mired in politics, its better to have a grudge talked to death than to go to war over it.
We also read the entire "War Prayer" by Mark Twain. It is a thoughtful rendition of remembering that both sides pray to god for victory, which necessarily means you are praying for the suffering of humans on the other side of the conflict. Twain was criticized heavily by those who thought it was un-American. But Lincoln's second inaugural address, which raises that same point.
We had a lively discussion afterward. Come join in the discussion.
May 13, 2013 Flower Service and Standing Women for Peace
Traditionally we have a flower service on Mother's day where we each bring a flower and then discuss. Sometimes we discuss the flowers, sometimes we discuss the environment, and sometimes we discuss our mothers. We are a society of free thinkers, and we discuss things. I understand that there are some religions affiliations that believe that open acceptance of a wide variety of spiritual journeys is anathema to god. We don't think so.
I hope you will join us and discuss the topic. Come by any Sunday.
And also traditionally at 1PM we follow the tradition of standing women for peace. This is the twelfth year of anchoring a vision for the whole human family.
We are standing for a world in which every child is safe, honored and nurtured.