“Spirituality Is Fantastic” with Barbara Bemis
The essential goal of fantasy is to lead one into greater self-understanding. If fantasy begins in another world, it is in order to reach that mysterious other world of the human soul.
“Come, Come Whoever You Are” with Jane Gilbreath and Kitty Degler
These words from a favorite All Souls song will lead us into Singing Meditation. The goal of Singing Meditation is to create a time and space for our souls to explore their vast potential for spiritual joy. Regardless of our spiritual backgrounds, this interfaith experience can unite us in a community of voices and hearts. So, Come, come whoever you are, and expect music and silence to soothe, energize, delight and move you.
“The Hero’s Journey” with Rev. Diana Hughes
Thoreau wrote that we lead lives of “quiet desperation.” Perhaps that is because we have a sense that we were made of greater stuff, meant for grander deeds. How do we reclaim our authentic path and help those we meet along the way? Sarah LaBarr will inspire us with theme songs of two of our favorite heroic journeys from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Carousel.”
“Lifting the Nuclear Shroud” Rev. Jim Hannah, PeaceWorks
With Aug. 6 and 9 being anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this morning we’ll take the theme, “Lifting the Nuclear Shroud,” or “The Joy and the Oy!” We lift the shroud of mourning to see clearly the possibilities of a nuclear weapons-free world.
“The Festival of First Fruits” with Barbara Griggs & Tracy Van Quaethem
It’s high summer. The days are long and hot and bright, the nights are filled with the chirp of cicadas; the corn is high and our gardens overflow with the first fruits of the harvest: bumper crops of plump red tomatoes, mountains of zucchini and summer squash; watermelon and peaches and berries. Come to celebrate the ancient festival of First Fruits, or Lughnasadh, with All Souls members Tracy Van Quaethem and Barbara Griggs.
“From Generation to Generation” with Carolyn MacDonald and All Souls Members
Each generation offers special gifts to others. We celebrate the connections between generations through the sharing of stories from All Souls persons representing different generations.
“Flags! Flags! Flags! with Rev. Anton Jacobs
Rev. Anton Jacobs is back by popular demand. You may remember that Anton was a favorite guest speaker a few years back as he ministered to All Souls during a difficult time for us. Anton says, “We’re watching an orgy of flagdom in connection with the World Cup and July 14 is Bastille Day. The gist of what I’ll be doing is affirming that what really counts is not the flag that flies over a land but the reality of freedom, peace and justice in the land.”
“To Boldly Go: A Journey into the Spirituality of Science Fiction” with Zarrin Reynolds
Geeks unite as we examine the spiritual and life lessons to be learned from sci-don literature, movies and television. Certified geekhood not required, but a questing mind and a laughing heart are a must!
“First Freedom – Freedom of Religion” with Barbara Griggs & Friends
What were our Founding Fathers thinking when they forged the First Amendment? What were the religious perspectives of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Madison; and what did they bring to the creation of the Federal Government’s relationship with religion in our new country?
“Science and Spirit” with Keely Schneider
We kick off our season of summer services with a consideration of how the methods and the discoveries of science can inform our spiritual lives. The meaning we make for living is always shaped by our understanding of what and how the world is, and the stories we tell about what we know for sure. How can science and spirit be partners, rather than contestants for our loyalty?