Flower Communion is a ritual unique to Unitarian Universalism that affirms and celebrates how we each give to and receive from others in our congregations. We will also be recognizing the new members among us and expressing our appreciation for all the volunteers that make Emerson what it is. New Member Recognition, Volunteer Appreciation and Flower Communion all rolled into one! What’s not to love? Everyone, please bring a flower to share for Flower Communion.
Speaker: Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange
Mother’s Day seems the perfect time to explore the spiritual dimensions of touch. Touch is an emotional need that endures from cradle to grave; how we are touched by our primary caregivers as infants is hugely determinative of our lifelong wellbeing. Further, touch is the foundation upon which life itself evolved and without touch life could not continue. Touch bespeaks the interdependence of all life. Appropriately, we also will be Commissioning the newest members of our Lay Pastoral Ministry Team.
Easter Sunday, in the week of Passover, in the season of Spring, we search out healing for our brokenness, renewal for our spirits, and reasons for hope and joy.
High school youth take the chancel, answering your questions.
So, okay, humor isn’t a “sense” in the same way as vision, hearing, smell, taste or touch. BUT – I would argue that a sense of humor is as revelatory of the spiritual nature of human existence and as equally enriching to human wellbeing. How many UUs does it take to make fun of ourselves? I’ll have plenty of jokes to offer and I invite you, as well, to bring “knock-knock” jokes to share.
We often take the air we breathe for granted. Hardly ever do we contemplate its sacred quality or the fact that it connects us to a vast communion of being that transcends space and time. On this Sunday before the Vernal Equinox, we will contemplate the spiritual dimensions of the air we breathe – and we will have some old fashioned fun, too, as we welcome the season of spring.
On the Sunday following International Women’s Day we will lift up and celebrate the historical role Unitarian Universalism and a few Unitarian Universalist women in particular have played in the struggle for women’s rights and gender parity. And we will also consider the status of women generally around the world and what we can do today to advance the cause of equality.
The best of friends are those with whom we share the “sweet, soft part of our souls”. Good friends help us become who we are. We lose ourselves in their company only to find ourselves again, for in a good friend we see ourselves in the mirror of their affection. Such friendships are holy and reveal something of the nature of religious community. We will have some special popular music as part of our celebration.
As the new year gets underway, we pause to consider the progress human beings have made in overcoming violence and oppression. At times it may seem that human nature is inherently war-like and xenophobic, but is that really the case? Aren’t we becoming more civilized? Perhaps it depends upon one’s perspective. Perhaps the “better angels of our nature” really are winning out!
The movie “Green Book” has occasioned wildly divergent reviews, with some critics praising it as one of the best movies of 2018 and others saying it doesn’t deserve a single star because of its formulaic and demeaning trivialization of black experience. The title refers to an African American travel guide which allowed blacks to travel through the Jim Crow South with a measure of dignity and safety. The movie is based on a true story about an unlikely interracial friendship that developed in 1968. How can one movie elicit such differing reactions – and what do those differing reactions tell us about the state of racial relations in this country today?