“Be It Resolved” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
We like to think of All Souls Church as a beacon for social justice. What are the issues that the UU denomination will be considering at its upcoming General Assembly in June, and how do they reflect the struggles that are shaping our world today?
“Seeing in the Sacred Manner” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Only rarely do the celebrations of Earth Day and Easter intersect, but it makes perfect sense when they do. Easter, as its name suggests, is at its heart a pagan holiday, and our modern urban cultures need all the help they can get to stay connected to the planet that makes our lives possible. Children will participate in the annual Easter egg hunt, and the choir will sing.
“In the Garden” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Palm Sunday, with its vivid portrayal of the pitfalls of celebrity, is a more UU sympathetic observance than we often recognize. A visiting flute, and a lovely sunrise story for the children, set the tone for this contemplative consideration of what Jesus might represent in the modern imagination. The children will receive their annual gift of a living plant, and a special collection to support GreenWorks KC will be offered.
“The Good Samaritan” with Rev. Bob Francis
By using the New Testament passage from Luke 10: 25-37, Bob will show the difference between belief and action.
“‘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.