“‘Tis the Gift Best of All” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
To be simple, to be gentle, to be loving; these are gifts that we have the opportunity to give each other, and also to receive, in community. How do we make it happen? Some thoughts about our commitment to respectful communication practices. The choir will sing.
“Embodying Humanism” with Rev. Jim Parrish
The origins of Humanism had a heady start, an intellectual exercise that sometimes struggles to find its spirit. In UU Theologian Anthony Pinn’s work “The End of God Talk” he explores African American Humanism, where the embodiment of becoming human gives rise to the Humanism of Frederick Douglas and others. Let’s explore Humanism as an embodying religious “theology.” Rev. Jim Parrish is currently serving as the Interim Minister of our neighbor congregation, the UU Fellowship of Topeka.
“Eternal Flame” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Our generous member Jack Jonathan purchased a second sermon at last year’s Talent Auction, and has asked for a reflection on the historical origins of religious prejudice, especially anti-semitism in the Christian tradition. As religious liberals have rediscovered over the generations, theological innovation is always a tough sell. Must we really, as Voltaire advised, strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest? The choir will sing.
“Above Average” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
UUs often ponder why we don’t have more economic and class diversity in our congregations. Might it be that our insistence on human agency and reason does not speak engagingly to those who fare less well in life’s various lotteries? We will share joys and concerns as part of this service.
“Our Saving Role” with Bruce Knotts
Bruce Knotts, director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, will lead us to consider the meaning of salvation, and the role UUs have in saving the world from injustice. We’ll consider the evolution of our understanding of human rights.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last spring, UUA President Peter Morales wrote that our ability to spread compassion, understanding, and acceptance is literally a matter of life and death. Is this sense of urgency justified? Can something as simple as listening help us to live into this vision? As congregations, how do we engage those with whom we disagree? Visiting Meadville Lombard seminarians Jon Coffee and Jordinn Nelson Long consider what true dialogue might look like – and why it matters.
Jordinn Nelson Long is a mother of two, a member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, and a first-year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School. She will be continuing her training for ministry as a part-time student intern minister at All Souls in 2014-15 and 15-16. Jordinn blogs about faith and family life at www.RaisingFaith.net.
Jon Coffee is a Knoxville, Tennessee native, a member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, and a first-year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Jon interns at GaDuGi Safe Center, a resource and advocacy organization for survivors of sexual violence.
“Standing and Sharing on the Side of Love” with Rev. Judith Cady & Anthony Edwards
This Sunday marks the ending of The 30 Days of Love Campaign sponsored by the Standing on the Side of Love Initiative. Join us as we celebrate the end of this wonderful campaign and recognize those who have harnessed the power of love through the giving of themselves and their many talents to others. RE and Music – Special Offering
“Do Over” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
As a new year begins, custom has it we resolve to make improvements in our lives, and that is not a bad idea. However, it may be helpful to clear out the remnants of leftovers from last year’s ambitions, if we want to start fresh. How many of us are in need of what they call on the playground a “do over”? This is a ‘do over’ of the sermon from Jan. 5, when the weather made it difficult for many of us to be in church.
“Missouri River Flooding” with Jud Kneuvean
Two years ago Jud Kneuvean spoke at the Forum on the extraordinary flooding in the summer 2011. He will update us on how we may or may not be able to avoid a repeat of such disasters. He is chief of the Emergency Management Branch of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
“Games” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
In the dystopian worlds of the Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, young people are manipulated in order to perpetuate the power of an all-controlling state. What do these stories suggest about a vision for the future of the emerging generation, and our understanding of what it means to play?