The attack on protestors in Charlottesville is yet another in an endless series of tragic incidents. We have entered a new phase of great struggle for the soul of our nation. Our most important values of liberty, democracy and justice are at risk. Each of us must find ways to participate with love, courage and hope.
God is found in that narrow space where our human relationships elevate our human experience into a spiritual experience. Judeo/Christian scripture, as well as other religious sources, teaches us how to maximize this experience by expanding our relationships into caring for others in need.Charles joined USG in 2004 and has held many leadership positions.
Spirituality isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being honest so we can know the true power of grace and love in our lives. Spiritual practices can help us “come clean” and live more intentionally – awake and aware to what’s really happening, within us and around us. Rev. Lee serves the WellSprings congregation.
We all long to receive and give love. Yet, living in loving relationship can be messy and heart-breaking. Can grappling with and accepting love’s imperfections lead us to the love we seek? Joan now serves the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. From 2012-14, she was a beloved intern and consulting minister at USG.
Our lives continuously pivot at the meeting point of our experience of selfhood and the regular transformation of the contexts in which selfhood develops. Unitarian Universalism celebrates our lives as periods of constant change. How can our commitment to change spur us through uncertainty toward active and deliberate participation? Davy grew up at USG and joined in 2005.
Peter will read a number of his poems written over the past 35 years. He has been a member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown since 1973, when he, his wife, Marny and their children, moved to Philadelphia from England. He has worked at Temple University School of Medicine as a physician and scientist.
Unitarian Universalism embraces 7 Principles grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. How do we translate these ideals into daily practices so that we actively engage in cultivating Beloved Community? One option is to build character traits that transcend boundaries with guidance from the Christian concept of the Fruit of the Spirit.
In the dubious tradition of motivational speakers, this sermon will be an anti-motivational speech.
Rev. Neal is the Senior Minister of Main Line Unitarian Church, his fifth congregation as a pastor. Originally from North Carolina, he is also a clinical psychologist and the President of Americans United for Separation of Church & State.
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye speaks of “the shared world,” in which we connect deeply with one another in and through our differences. What does it mean to live in “the shared world”? As we navigate this time of peril and possibility, beauty and anguish, despair and resistance, how might a theology and practice of “the shared world” help us find our way?
Wonder is the sensation we have when experiencing what is both beautiful and unexpected. It is an ancient human emotion, but also, argues Susan Beaumont, a leadership and congregational consultant, a crucial antidote to the profound anxiety of the times in which we are living. What is the connection between wonder and our work in the world?