Using writings from Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, Revs. Abbey and Hannah will explore the anguish our spirits experience in a world which demands we make ourselves smaller and silent about the injustices we face. Together we’ll reflect on how our faith is grounded in a love which compels us to speak out and confront reality.
“If your spirituality does not demand beauty and liberation for every person and piece of the cosmos, it is not God you are seeking, but a shallow ritual of self-soothing,” writes “Black Liturgies” creator, Cole Arthur Riley. How can we strengthen our practice of love in the context of community?
I’ll tell stories from my own life, with some references to stories by Rebecca Parker and Vanessa Machado de Olivieri, the author of Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism. Within the stories I hope the essence of my sermon will be two parts: a reassurance that the times we are in may be unsettling, but it’s not new in history, and a challenge to be honest about where we are.
Together we share the ancient story of wonder and hope reborn, sing carols, and reflect on the meaning of Christmas in our lives and in the world.
“In the universe there moves a Wild One whose gestures alter earth’s axis toward love” says poet, scholar, and theologian Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker. This morning, we gather to welcome new members, honor the Winter Solstice, and find meaning in this time of deep darkness and turning of the seasons.
As Buddhists in our community and around the world prepare to celebrate the day Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment or awakening (Bodhi day), what can we gain by waking up to our own lives?
An alert goes out, and all around the world, no matter what time it is, dozens of botanists stop what they’re doing and take out their cell phones to look at a picture. Somewhere on earth, a child has eaten a plant that doctors can’t identify. Can anyone help? As it happens, these botanists might be the only people who can. What motivates any of us to be generous with our time, our talents, and our knowledge of obscure berries?