An 8th principle of our 7 UU principles has been written and promoted since 2013. But it has not been formally accepted as part of our UU principles. It reads, “We, the member congregations of the UUA, covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” One of the tripping points in working for positive change is language and how we frame what we are for, and whether or not we need to be against anything. Come hear why we need to be both against racism AND for multicultural community, and how we can be a part of this vision in the making.
This evening at sunset marks the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Head of the Jewish Year. Jews around the world devote much thought, prayer and practice in seeking amends with people they have wronged and hurling away past sins or transgressions. While UU’s might not often use the more traditional religious language of sin or repentance, we can probably agree that we all mess up every once in a while. We all might be carrying some burdens that we’d like to get rid of in order to be our best self. Instead of a traditional Water Communion this year we begin with the Jewish ritual of Tashlich, the casting away of all that burdens us. Practical note: Please bring any water you have gathered over the summer (as is traditionally done for Water Communion) and add it to the vessels in either entryway when you arrive which will be poured into the Fountain of Cleansing Waters during the Service.
What are the stories we Unitarian Universalists have told about ourselves in regards to race? While we are a historically white denomination we have a rich black history. This history has not often been told. Today we’ll hear a bit of it so that we can have a more accurate vision of who we are and who we can become.
Today I will share my experiences and impressions as a Volunteer at El Refugio in Lumpkin, GA. El Refugio (which in Spanish means ”The Refuge”) is a small hospitality house where families of detainees can stay for a night on a weekend when visiting their loved ones who are detained at one of the largest detention centers for men in the United States. I will also be telling you about some of the detainees I have visited, which to me has put a face on the current immigration issues in our country. This ministry is near and dear to my heart in our efforts to heed the call to help the stranger in our midst.
The Rev. Cassandra Howe, Bretta Perkins, Tom Patrick, and Leon Jackson Jr.- August 19, 2018
Participants in this year’s General Assembly reflect on their experiences and our “work” to come. If you think about a thread or a strip of fabric as a metaphor for our personal gifts, then Unitarian Universalism asserts that we are all weavers weaving new patterns of justice and truth. Come hear how General Assembly affected High Street members and their part in creating that beautiful tapestry of love otherwise known as beloved community.
Belief/disbelief in God is only a fraction of the many ways a person lives their religious identity. Conservative Christians make a big deal about “atheists” so it could be tempting for UU’s to do the same: over-emphasize this category of belief, about whether or not one believes in God. But the deeper question, one that brings us together is: “How does your belief in God/ belief in no God help you to live?” That’s where we come together as humanists and theists alike. Come hear about UU’s theistic perspective and what it shares with humanism.
Let’s emphasize the things that are important: interdependence, responsibility to steward the earth’s resources, science, reverence. Put all these together and what do you get? Religious humanism! Come learn about “humanism,” and its call to live a better life right here, today.
In his essay “Health As Membership” author and activist Wendell Berry suggests that how we determine a person’s healthiness is wrong. Usually we go in for annual check ups where the doctor listens to our heart beat, checks our reflexes, listens to our breathing. We are determined healthy but we return home to live in an ecosystem that is dying. In this case, says Berry, our sense of health is false. We cannot separate ourselves from the health of our larger ecological and social communities. We are only as healthy as the amount to which we understand ourselves as a member of a larger ecosystem. The same is true for salvation! Join us as we explore Unitarian Universalist theologies of soteriology (study of salvation).
Where do you place your hope? Your answer to this probably depends on what kind of day you are having. Join us as we explore what Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker calls radically realized eschatology, or more simply put: a responsive hope. Not hope in the far away future but hope grounded in the realities and possibilities of the here and now. Join us as we explore our thoughts around eschatology (study of end times).