“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.
“Harvest Home” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Today summer officially ends; the earth balances on daylight and nighttime, and the autumn’s advancing darkness begins to gather. What does harvest actually mean to us, here in America’s heartland, now that Missouri has “the right to farm,” especially to those of us who are city dwellers?
“The World as We Know It” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
How are we to understand the increase of oppressive power and irrational violence around the globe, as well as in our own nation and state? Is change inevitable and at what price? We will welcome Jordinn Nelson-Long, our new Ministerial Intern, and a special offering in support of Carver Dual Language School will be received.
“Longing for the Sea” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
As summer comes to a close, and the ‘real time’ of school and work resume, we cherish the season’s memories by sharing water from our journeys, and look ahead to the coming season. We re-commit ourselves to the work of justice and peace, in our lives, in our state, and in our world.
“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.