Brave Legacy of Bold Future

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Jonathan Rogers – March 22, 2020

Since the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s founding in May of 1940, Unitarian Universalist congregations have been foundational partners in the work of advancing human rights. As part of UUSC’s 80th anniversary celebration this spring, this Service will explore key highlights and lessons of UUSC history – and look ahead to the next 80 years.

Rev. Jonathan Rogers is a community minister for social justice in Atlanta, focusing on immigration advocacy and service. He is the treasurer on the inaugural board of the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta, and a program organizer for Freedom University, a freedom school for undocumented students in Atlanta. He lives in Decatur with his wife Annie Massart, and their three dogs, Tony, Grover, and Pickles. 

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The Strange Exile: Finding Spiritual Opportunity Amidst Chaos and Uncertainty

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Cassandra Howe – March 15, 2020

Try out community in a new way! Join us for a zoom worship service where we will rekindle our sense of home in this strange time of social distancing. 

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Freedom By Association

Rev. Cassandra Howe – March 8, 2020

For some, freedom means being able to whatever you want, whenever you want. But what if freedom was found in being part of a community that takes care of each other? We may not think of our association of congregations as a community, but the reality, according to the Cambridge Platform of 1648 that defined congregational polity (how we are governed as a denomination) is that we are a “community of autonomous congregations.” Today we ask such questions as, “Why is this community-that-is-our-association important?” “What does being part of this community demand of us?”

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The Danger of Certainty

Dr. Bryan Whitfield – February 23, 2020

Eric Fromm wrote that the “compulsive quest for certainty…is not the expression of genuine faith but is rooted in the need to conquer unbearable doubt.” Or, to put it another way, the dead-sure folks are dead wrong. Excess certainty excludes faith. People of faith move from anxiety, fear, and obsession about certainty to celebrate the present with joy and embrace the future with hope

Bryan Whitfield is associate professor of religion and director of the Great Books Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mercer, where he has taught since 2002. A Georgia native, he has also taught at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds the Ph.D. in New Testament from Emory University. During the spring semester of 2014, he was visiting research professor of New Testament at Johannes Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany

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Embracing Fear, Saving the World

Rev. Cassandra Howe – February 16, 2020

Many times we think of courage as the victory of bravery over fear. But what if fear is a sign of something we care about? What if courage is not the absence of fear but the friendship with fear? Join us as we explore Buddhist concepts of courage as a tool for how to hold onto hope in our age of global warming and mass extinction of animals.

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Abundant Faith

Rev. Cassandra Howe – February 2, 2020

This week we begin our exploration of February’s theme of “Courage” by looking at growth. Not just numerical growth but organic, maturational, and incarnational growth. Join us as we reflect on the ways we grow and the growth our faith calls us to.

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Why Wait?

Mary Ann Downey – January 26, 2020

Just who are your Quaker neighbors, and what do they believe? Are they at all similar to UU’s? Enjoy a brief introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of the unprogrammed branch of The Religious Society of Friends from attendees

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