Sometimes it seems men are in the news for all the wrong reasons: sexual assault, mass shootings, gang violence. And then there are the loving, kind, thoughtful men we all know. What does it mean to be a man in today’s world? What is masculinity? Four diverse men from the Emerson congregation will join me to reflect on those questions.
Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange
If I could tell you what I most want it would to be fully present to my life, to truly inhabit it and be mindful that it is a miracle. And yet there is so much suffering and injustice in our world. What right have I to feel joy? The poet Jack Gilbert says, “We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” What kind of stubbornness is this?
A Sunday to celebrate the blessings we enjoy as a beloved community of fellow seekers and creators of life abundant. We will recognize New Members; we will together – young and old – create “refrigerator door” treasures and we will rejoice in one another. The choir will perform their favorite piece from this year’s repertoire on this, their last Sunday until Fall.
Please join the Emerson Music Department for Music Sunday. They will perform works by Gjeilo, Brunner, and Mozart as they reflect on the role of music in our secular and spiritual lives.
We continue to explore what “embodied spirituality” means through the medium of the human sense of smell. What if we took smell seriously as something that could reveal to us the nature of ultimate reality and inform us about what it means to live a life of wholeness?
In this the season of Spring, in the week of Passover, on Easter Sunday we come together to “sing and speak” refreshed worlds and to renew a promise of life abundant for all. The Music Department has magnificent music planned; and there will be the traditional Easter Egg Hunt after the service. Come, put on your Season finery (or not! Shorts and flip flops will do!) and rejoice in the rebirth of the earth and the regeneration of our spirits!
As the Vernal Equinox approaches, I am drawn to wondering what it is about trees that speaks so to the soul and what they might teach us about the earth and our dependence upon it. I know people who “talk” to trees and swear they talk back. Could it be so?
That we are alive is a miracle! That we can hear and distinguish some 400,000 different sounds is amazing! Sound – and the absence of sound, what we call silence – can be revelatory.
When you shudder for the fate of the world and wonder if Unitarian Universalists make any difference at all, one of the ways to restore your hope is to remember the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The UUSC makes us proud to be UUs!
What do Rita Dove, Fitzgerald Haney and the Emerson church have in common? Well – “some days you eat the bear; some days the bear will eat you.”