So much is passed from one generation to another, legacies we cherish, ponder or regret. This is true whether the women who have played important roles in our lives have been birth mothers, adoptive mothers, mentors, or others. Mother's Day is a good time for reflecting and understanding, with a little help from writer Alice Walker, whose thoughtfulness on this runs deeply.
One wish that has repeatedly emerged from our Transition Team's workshop is that we, as a congregation, could be more welcoming. What does it mean to be welcoming in this world? Is it a matter of strategy or something deeper? Today we welcome members who have joined FRS since January.
With the Ministerial Search Committee soon to assume its duties, it's time for us to begin to consider ministry. From what does a minister's authority emerge? I have spoken before of "daring" to take up this vocation, but the minister-congregation relationship is effective only when there is a mutual understanding of how this delicate balance between the partners works. The first woman ever ordained by a denomination can help us to understand what's needed.
Earth Day Sunday service, organized by the Climate Action Project, features Conservation Law Foundation’s Peter Shelley as guest in our pulpit. He will talk about the connection between greenhouse gas emissions, ocean ecology, sea level rise, his personal experiences in Kiribati, a low-lying atoll nation now going under water, ocean acidification and how current public policy interacts with these environment developments. Attorney Shelley has worked with CLF for many years, now serving as the organization’s Senior Counsel. He is a past Vice President and past Director, was awarded the Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment in 1996 and the David B. Stone Medal by the New England Aquarium in 2003. His environment passion is our oceans.
How does it happen that any of us, in this world now, find new life? It is, in various forms, a universal path of deep spiritual significance cast into particular form by the "Easter" story. The homily will address this, and there will be a Time for All Ages as well as a rich array of music.
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