Green energy, robots clearing mine fields and dressing frail elders, human beings spending time on Mars and deep undersea – all are possible amazing scientific discoveries and inventions. While we must ensure the ethical usage of advancements, there are many ways in which science, when balanced with morals, brings hope and improvements.
Our first service after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President. Regardless of our political affiliation, we recognize the need for acceptance and healing. How will we work together in love to promote social justice and equal opportunity for all and bring an end to the intolerance and divisiveness that have rocked our society?
Facing intense pressure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported banning Muslim women from wearing full face veils. This inhibition of religious freedom will only create more regression in areas of mutual understanding and collaboration. We must protect spaces where people can speak their mind and express themselves as they wish – especially when we disagree.
We will lay down our burdens from the Old Year, and lift up our possibilities for the New Year. And remember inspirational people including Prince, John Glenn and Gwen Ifill, who died this past year. Can you draw upon the experience of others and yourself to garner hope for what is to come
For many of us, 2016 was a challenging year that we are happy to say goodbye to. We go into the bright and shiny new year with hope for better days. Let’s gather with Jenn and the band on the first day of the new year to celebrate the New Beginnings that 2017 brings.