Ruth Rinehart, a student at Iliff School of Theology, spoke about our optimistic faith. The Rev. James Freeman Clarke, in 1886, proclaimed Unitarianism an optimistic theology, which included “the progress of [hu]mankind, onward and upward forever.” Do we believe this? In the midst of climate chaos and the unspeakable brutality humans are capable of inflicting upon one another, what are our sources of hope?
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, Rev. Kelly described Dr. King's interaction with our Unitarian Universalist ancestors. She also asked if he were alive today, what would he be asking us to do in response to this racial justice at this important time in our country. She proposed we hang a #BlackLivesMatters banner on our church and march in the MLK march and parade on January 19.
The recording of the sermon begins with the music from a video that was shown of James Taylors' "Shed a Little Light." Click here to see it the video.
During the sermon, this video clip of MLK speaking was shown.
Please note the volume drops part-way through this sermon, so you may have to turn up your speakers at that point.
Rev. Prose joined us from Tulsa by video for a reflection on why hope matters.
John Murray, one of the founders of American Universalism said, “You may possess only a small light, but uncover it, let it shine, use it in order to bring more light and understanding to the hearts and minds of men and women. Give them not Hell, but hope and courage. Do not push them deeper into their theological despair, but preach the kindness and everlasting love of God.” This theology of hope is a part of the Unitarian Universalist living tradition to this day. Rev. Kelly shared John Murray’s story and helped us apply a theology of hope to our own lives.
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