We celebrated the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and how they help us live our faith in the world. We welcomed "guests at our table" from Haiti, Kenya and Honduras. We had a "communion" of fair trade coffee and Haitian dishes. Our church community was full of love, happiness, and generosity! Like us on Facebook to see more pictures.
Erika Coan explored the differences between “letting go” and “giving up.” We all experience moments in our lives when we just have to let things go or give up entirely. How do we do it with grace and good conscience?
Rev. Kelly offered a process for facing for our own inevitable death: Face our fears and name them. Develop a belief about what happens after death. Loosen the hold we have relationships so we can let go. Transform fear, suffering and pain using spiritual practices. Script our last moments so we can cherish those things now. Think about who we are without our roles, identities and attachments. As we do all of us this, we can live more fully in the present moment, shed our false selves, and live from our true, sacred selves. We also honored Transgender Day of Remembrance which is November 20. Note: the recording of the sermon got started a bit late, but don't worry, most of it is here.
Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, who is the Sr. Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, joined us by video to explore how death is the only thing that is certain in life. He described how we need church and the connections we make there to face all the changes and deaths we experience throughout life. When we walk through the shadow of death and grieve fully together in community, we are able to let our lights shine and connect to those who may be walking in the shadows now.
Our Religious Education Coordinator, Tabitha Covey, offered readings about the various religious traditions that honor those who have gone before us and shaped our lives. Our children led parts of the service. We built an altar together. And Rev. Kelly offered a short reflection on how Unitarian Universalism teaches us that we don't die. We live on - in the DNA and memories of others. There is an interdependent web of life, and that includes those who have died.
Here you will find recent sermons, some audio, some video.