On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia to participate in the World Meeting of Families. On the morning of the day Pope Francis holds Mass on our Parkway, we honor his leadership. How can we all lead lives more akin to the true teachings and ministry of Jesus? How can we all do our part in healing with love, and reaching out with deep compassion?
Come celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As we acknowledge our personal and communal failures, we lift up our responsibility to make amends and come back towards wholeness. These Holy Days, often called the “Days of Awe,” remind us that it IS awesome to connect with heart and spirit by renewing our resolve to live justly with ourselves, our loved ones, and the broader community.
There are many struggles today and many ways to get past them or through them. One of the main obstacles to a joyful, happy life has to do with our identities. Who are we? Who are we really? Who do we think we are? Who have we been told we are? This sermon will examine the concept of the 3 Is: “I” one, who we have been told we are; “I” two, who we think we are; and “I” three, who we really are.
Rev. Dr. John (Om Prakash) Gilmore is a writer, life coach, and licensed massage therapist. Om Prakash is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister working to promote health and wellness in the Philadelphia area through his talk show at Blogtalkradio.com, through his massage therapy and life coaching practice, and through teaching others how to reclaim their power, their joy of life, and their own identities in a world where it can be so hard sometimes. Om Prakash was ordained here at USG in 1995 and received his final fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist Minister in 1997 while serving the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH.