Some of the stories from our UU History cast the theme of sacrifice in an entirely different light.
Speaker: Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange
Our topic for the month of October is sacrifice. I imagine most UUs would think that our faith has little to do with sacrifice; that that’s something reserved for more traditional religions or primitive times. But we might want to reconsider.
Is there a vital task that confronts the human species at this juncture in time – some Great Work that, if you participated in it, you would feel you were on the right side of history? Surely the world is in need of reform. There are a host of issues that cry out for our attention – climate change, racism and xenophobia, migration, income inequality . . . . But which is the Great Work that calls to us in this moment – as individuals and as a congregation? Or, do we perhaps need a larger frame for the question?
Every day we depend upon a host of people we will never see and never know in ways we hardly ever think about. This month we are exploring the theme of “Work and Play”. On this Sunday let us explore the lives and work of some of those largely invisible people who make our country “work”. We will learn things we never knew.
“Come on out and play!” That’s what the day’s Story for All Ages invites us all to do – and there will be joy in coming together once again. It’s HOMECOMING SUNDAY! We will renew our bonds of faith and affection; the choir will return from its summer hiatus; we’ll have fun at the after-church watermelon and cupcake fiesta; and, we will rejoice in one another’s presence indeed!
(Becky’s back in the pulpit!)
Why I am a Unitarian Universalist; why I believe the world needs religious communities like ours.
Summertime – and the living is easy . . . Or so the song goes. Perhaps when the temperature soars and the humidity rises is a good time to cultivate the virtues of being useless and to ask ourselves, “what Gods are we serving?”
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.
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.