“From You I Receive, to You I Give” with Barbara Griggs and Jane Gilbreath
The simplest and quietest of sacraments is to pass from one person to another a bite of bread, an answering yes. In mainline churches, this is called Communion. There is no mystery in the sharing of bread, as our UU hymn says “From you I receive, to you I give.” Join Barbara and Jane as we continue the All Souls after-Thanksgiving tradition of breaking bread together in community.
“Covenant, Gratitude, and Reverence” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
As we approach the historical secular holiday of Thanksgiving, we consider the legends & uncomfortable truths about how this nation took form. What does it mean to be part of the covenant, or not? We will welcome new members to All Souls, new Chalice Lighters among our youth, and the choir will sing.
“Nothing will Halt the March of Truth” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Nov. 15 is the traditional date for the death of Francis David, one of the founders of Unitarianism. His preaching lifted up the idea of god’s unity, and the importance of freedom and reason in religion. He died in prison in Transylvania for the crime of ‘religious innovation.’ Today we will celebrate the memory of our European ancestors, and our continuing commitment to the principles they advocated. A special collection in support of our Partner Church in Nyaradgalfalva will be received.
“What Unitarian Universalists Value Least” with Rev. Dr. Bill Schulz
You will be amused when you learn what human virtue falls at the very bottom of Unitarian Universalists’ ranking of values. But you may also be rightfully chagrined for, though we may not know it, this virtue also undergirds all of our work for social justice. Bill Schulz, President of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), will describe how UUSC is helping us rectify our shortsightedness.
“Having Seen the Moon: Day of the Dead” with the All Souls Choir
Observing the lovely custom of our neighbors to the south, in which they recall their loved ones who have died, and celebrate their continuing connections to the living, we will consider our own larger community of memory. The choir will offer a Requiem which combines classical texts with Japanese death Haiku.
“Global Marketplace: UN Sunday” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Despite current headlines, it is not impossible that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the era of the nation-state as the locus of international power. For good or ill, it is important to begin to imagine a world in which international corporations are the entities that make the decisions that affect us most. The United Nations Global Compact invites businesses to commit to a set of core ethical values.
“Where to Find Confidence” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
In June, at the Question Box sermon, I promised to follow up on two provocative questions. This is the second of those questions: where can UUs look for the kind of confidence that more conventional believers enjoy? On the one hand, there are certain types of confidence, like personal immortality, that liberal religion per se may never be able to offer. On the other hand, there is something trust-worthy about a faith that, in Emerson’s words, “receives new truth as an angel from heaven.” The choir will sing.
“What to Do about Guilt” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
In June, at the Question Box sermon, I promised to follow up on two provocative questions. This is the first of those questions: what can UUs do about guilt? I submit that there are several types of guilt, which call for several different responses. Let’s sort it out. I will bring greetings from our Partner Church in Galfalva, and we will share flowers of caring and celebration.
“Something Wicked This Way Comes? Spiders, Shadows, and Engaging our Theological Diversity” with Jordinn Nelson Long
As we move into the Halloween season, our intern, Jordinn Nelson Long, invites us to consider what spooks us. From spiders to things that go bump in the night, humans are wired to pay attention to what might harm us. Does that same wiring affect our responses to theological diversity? And do our first reactions matter?
“Sharing the Journey” with Coming of Age Youth
As Unitarian Universalists, we are challenged to search for our own truth and meaning. Our Coming of Age program is a launch pad to the lifelong process of building a personal faith and a life practicing that faith. Our COA youth will share their personal beliefs at this stage of their life journey of discovery.