Speaker: Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange

It Could Always Be Worse – or Could It?

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!

Interracial Rorschach?

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?

Music Sunday

The Emerson Music Department is excited to present Calling All Dawns by Christopher Tin. Prepare to enjoy cultural music from around the globe that celebrates the human cycle of life and the fluid, cyclical nature of the universe.

Letters Home

A Veteran’s Day service in recognition of members of our Armed Forces, current and past, featuring excerpts from letters and journals of service men and women from World War II to the present. Five Emerson members who are either veterans themselves or have connections with … read more.

Embracing the Shadow

What do you want to be for Halloween? This season of witches and goblins, super-heroes and fairy princes and princesses provides an opportunity for us all to explore our “shadow” side. What hidden part of your personality is yearning to emerge? What aspects of human nature does our society prefer remain hidden? And who or what carries the “shadow” for us all? Feel free to come in costume. Our children will be doing so as it is UNICEF Carnival Sunday.