As members of a faith whose First Principle affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and as citizens of a country that doesn’t, what are we called to do as religious people? As our country’s political culture disintegrates before our horrified eyes, this becomes an urgent question. Perhaps the blues can offer guidance as we confront today’s version of the white supremacy that once kidnapped people from Africa and enslaved them on our shores — the people whose experience gave the world the gift of the blues. FRS member Tom Stites will be our pulpit guest in his ninth jazz and blues service in this church, and the FRS Jazz Vespers Band will provide special music.
We often speak of the theological diversity in our Unitarian Universalist congregations - God/ No God/ UU Christian/ Buddhist. Does that diversity need to get in our way? How do we navigate it in a way that is mutually respectful, on the one hand, and rich and meaningful on the other?
Recent events have brought much debate over monuments: which are good, which are not; which should be kept; which should not. For people of faith, is there a more meaningful way to think about monuments and what we commit to the future? How does reckoning with the past and committing to the future come into it?
The "deepest craving" of human beings, according to one famous thinker, is for appreciation. How can appreciation transform relationships, and what is the difference between true appreciation and mere praise?
A famous painting by Gauguin asks three questions fundamental to human existence and, on a more local level, to a congregation: "Where Did We Come From? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?" We spent time in the first year of the interim looking at variations on these questions, but now that the time has come to identify and call a new minister, what greater insight do we need, especially from a spiritual perspective?
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