Hope, we are often told, is a bottomless resource of comfort and support for us. But can there be limits to hope? Might hope be calling us to something other than comfort? Let’s hear about what it means to be a people of hope, especially in challenging times.
Rev. Cyndi Simpson
On this day, we will meet and celebrate the new and renewing members who have joined us this Fall. We will welcome them with a shared liturgy of covenant and commitment and with a spirit of hope for the future of this beloved religious community.
If we are a people of abundance, here at this table of Unitarian Universalism together, how do we set our table, this table? What does it look like? What’s on the table? And perhaps most important, who do we invite to be here?
What does it mean to be a people of abundance, in our lives and here at Second Unitarian? Especially – what does it mean when we might have such strong feelings of fear, hopelessness and scarcity right now?
In keeping with the practices of faiths and cultures worldwide, we will observe a remembrance of our beloved dead. Please bring pictures and/or mementos of your beloved who have passed – family, friends, animals. We will build an altar, hear a story and re-connect with those who have gone before.
Last May, at the request of Black Lives of UU, we held our first White Supremacy Teach-In. We will reflect and learn more and also hear about our responses to critical questions from last Spring’s Teach-In.
It is possible that over a half-million US residents identify strongly with Unitarian Universalism. Where are they? What is it that keeps us from sharing our faith, inviting people to join us and generally tooting our own religious horn?
In 2004, the Reverend Carlton Pearson, a Bishop in the African-American Pentecostal tradition, was declared a heretic by his peers. His heresy? He renounced his belief in Hell. We will hear what happened after that and why it matters to us!
What does it mean to be a people of courage? That’s not the courage of an individual alone, but the courage of a group! Especially in these challenging times, what is essential to our personal and shared courage?
What if we lived and worshiped in a congregation where profound meaning for each of us is present in all we do? Think of this as living in the House of Yes, the House of What You Want and Need. Very different from Living in the House of No!