Feb 11, 2018 Service about the mission of our church
Today we met again to craft our purpose statement. We're sorry you missed it because we had coffee and cupcakes afterward (and some healthy choices too let it be said.)
Here is what we decided you needed to know about us: Welcome to a loving fellowship of free thinkers respecting ideas, exploring spirituality, and nurturing our community, the earth and all beings.
One More Step
One more step,
We will take one more step,
Till there is peace for us and everyone,
We’ll take one more step.
One more word,
We will say one more word,
Till every word is heard by everyone,
We’ll say one more word.
One more prayer,
We will say one more prayer,
Till every prayer is shared by everyone,
We’ll say one more prayer.
Feb 4, 2014 Service on the Edict of Torda
Today, Madeline spoke to us about the Edict of Torda. In 1568, in the city of Torda, in what is now Romania, one of the world’s first statements of religious tolerance was announced. King John Sigismund proclaimed the Edict of Torda. Unitarianism was officially recognized for the first time in the history of the world in this document. That proclamation is the beginning of our legacy to be a spiritual tradition that resists hatred, oppression, and the view that there is only one way to be faithful, to be religious, to be free.
It stated that "faith is a gift of God" and prohibited the persecution of individuals on religious grounds. In practice, the edict only sanctioned the existence of four "received" denominations – the Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Unitarian Churches. Further religious innovations were prohibited during the reign of John Sigismund's successor, Stephen Báthory, but religious tolerance remained a distinguishing feature of the Principality of Transylvania (the successor state of John Sigismund's realm) in Early Modern Europe.
450 years ago the King of Transylvania said you could be a Unitarian (instead of a Trinitarian.) Come see what it is like some Sunday. We are here every week at 11AM (Sometimes 11:05)
Jan 21, 2018 Service about Sanctuary
Phil Hart from the Society of Friends spoke to us today about the experience his church has had in providing sanctuary to a woman in danger of being deported by ICE. Its a complicated story as well as a very simple one. The points to remember are that she has been a law abiding, tax paying, employed member of our American society for the past two decades with children. The law is not on her side, but as a productive member of society, it does harm to the nation by splitting up her family (the rest of her family are citizens) and deporting her. This was her story.
"The quality of mercy" is a quote by Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice; it occurs during Act IV, Scene 1, set in a Venetian Court of Justice. It is the speech in which Portia begs Shylock for mercy. "And earthly power doth then show likest God’s When mercy seasons justice."
Jan 21, 2018 Service on Purposefulness
Karen lead us in an introspective hour of trying to define our purpose as a community church. Unitarian Universalism does not have a guiding creed to which all members must dedicate their lives. We are a diverse community and we tolerate diversity in the spiritual journey of others. We believe in exploring spirituality, but not imposing one version of it on any seeker. We also believe in social justice, and respect for the balance of nature and the environment. So, we are trying to craft a succinct statement that we can post here to help you understand something about us before you come visit.
So, we are trying to define a mission statement.
Please come join us next week when we will have another presentation on some aspect of our 7 Principles.
Come, come whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving,
Ours is no caravan of despair,
Come, yet again, come