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.
Speaker: Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange
It seems we might have dueling sacred icons when it comes to the question of how we might live. Must we succumb to the “tyranny of the shoulds” or might we more properly nurture the spirit by practicing attentiveness to the “rapture of being alive”?
The lenses through which we view the world have a profound impact on our living. What is the lens through which Unitarian Universalism views the world and our current situation? What difference does that lens make?
The struggle for Reproductive Justice is not just about the right to access a safe and legal abortion, or even the right to access safe and effective contraception and health care. There’s a larger issue at play – the moral, political and spiritual equality of women – period!
It’s HOMECOMING SUNDAY! And there will be all kinds of excitement as we come together yet again to renew the bonds of affection that bind us as one and rededicate ourselves to the principles of our faith. There will be a great story for children of all ages, the choir will return from its summer hiatus, a glorious after-church event is planned, and we will rejoice in one another’s presence indeed!
A year ago on this Sunday we came together for the first time after Hurricane Harvey. Much has transpired during the past year but recovery is far from complete. We will share stories of grief and hope, light candles of memory and resolve, and join with other congregations who are holding similar observances in an interfaith meditation. Everyone is invited to participate. We were all affected by Harvey in one way or another.
Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange returns to pulpit.
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.
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.