As we look toward February and its spiritual theme of courage, Brene Brown’s message resonates. Ms. Brown is a writer and teacher who for good reason has become tremendously popular with spiritually progressive folks. She writes: “Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.” As individuals and a community how can we counter-intuitively lead with our vulnerabilities on our way to courage?
Dr. King consistently highlighted the critical need to love your enemy. “For the salvation of our nation and the salvation of humankind this is the only way to create beloved community,” he said. Through the reflective lens of our experience we know that anger too easily becomes toxic. From the most mundane endeavors to the exceedingly complex international – loving one’s enemy unshackles the soul and brings true freedom.
Rev. Dr. David Parke served as Minister at USG from 1965-70. Rev. Parke’s scholarship, social and racial justice leadership and pastoral care all positively impacted many lives. It is also true that his Ministry here suffered under many of the exact pressures, which afflicted our nation at that time. Rev. Parke is returning to our pulpit for the first time in 45 years. He will bring lots of love and contagious enthusiasm. Don’t miss this truly outstanding highlight of our 150th anniversary celebration!
Ring in 2016 with the energy of this six-piece Dixieland jazz group. In the New Orleans tradition, we will have a wake for the Old Year, lay down our burdens and lift our possibilities for the New Year. The spirit will be alive with great music including “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” How can you walk into the new year with freedom of body, mind and soul? In order to harvest the power of the congregation we will have only one service this day.