Emergence

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby and Lori Johnson – January 10, 2021




Rev. Sarah responds to the ideas and writing in adrienne maree brown’s book “Emergent Strategies” and the fiction of Octavia Butler. “Emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions,” according to adrienne maree brown. Rev. Sarah explores the implications for activism, community building, and transformation.

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The Year of Action

High Street Church Zoom Worship with DeMarcus Beckham – January 3, 2021

2021 offers us many different ways to come alive together and create a new start. As we continue to safeguard the health of ourselves, friends, family and community we also begin to plan for the ways in which we will build together and re-imagine our communities. In January we begin a bold quest for justice, joy, and re-juvenation!

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Mary, Mother of Mystery

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby and John Dunegan– December 20, 2020



In Christianity, Mary has been a bridge for many between pagan traditions and cultural forms of spirituality that preceded Christianity. There are many ways to understand her role and what she symbolizes that transcend the traditions of Catholicism and point to something greater than any one spiritual understanding of the feminine divine. Rev. Sarah and her husband John have come to know Mary from very different spiritual and religious frames. John grew up Catholic, where Mary has a prominent role. Sarah grew up unchurched in a feminist household that leaned pagan and met Mary through her studies of the feminine divine across cultures. What does the feminine divine have to offer us today?

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Where is Jesus in the UU Tradition?

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby – December 13, 2020



Many UU’s have struggled to understand both the history of denomination and its spiritual connections to Christianity, Judaism, and other world faith traditions. In particular, we often want to follow the teachings of Jesus without acknowledging Jesus or Biblical stories that are embedded in our culture and in our own faith tradition. We’ve changed the words to the songs that came from our Christian Hymnals and we’ve secularized our practices. Is there a place for Jesus in our tradition anymore? Drawing from Scotty McLennan’s 2016 Skinner House book, and authors John Dominic Crossan and Amy Jill Levine, Rev. Sarah shares some possibilities for UU’s to re-connect with Jesus and still be… UU.

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Everyday Unitarian Universalism: Chalica and the 8th Principle

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby – December 6, 2020



How can we engage our UU principles in our everyday life? Some UU’s have started celebrating “Chalica” as a weeklong experience of embodied and engaged practices that can enrich our everyday lives and remind us who we intend to be—whether we are at home, at work, or out in the community. We’re not just UU’s on Sunday, right? Paula Del Rio and Rev. Sarah will offer some ideas for members of all ages to take with them for the week, month, and year. In addition, we’ll talk about the proposed 8th Principle and how we might engage it as well–including why we might adopt it as a congregation ahead of the denomination adopting it.

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The Trust Initiative: Law Enforcement and Making Amends, a Groundbreaking Program

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Steve Lynn
November 22, 2020



Steve Lynn, member of High Street, and Chief of Police in Perry, Georgia will be speaking on the Trust Initiative. This is a program instituted through the auspices of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Perry Police Department volunteered to be one of a handful of GA law enforcement agencies to implement this program which examines issues of past and present marginalization within the minority community, and works to develop ways to make amends and move forward.

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Global Healing Comes From Global Learning

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby November 22, 2020



Rev. Sarah shares her experiences traveling with youth to the annual Spring seminar held by the UU United Nations Office in NYC and the importance of this work. From the study of inequality (racial and economic), to disarming the planet, from the role of gender discrimination and intersectional oppression to the experiences of millions of people migrating around the globe and living as refugees, as well as examining the impact of climate and environmental crises, intergenerational learning that is also international and intersectional offers a glimpse at what it means to engage global issues that affect our entire planet.

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From Liminality to Luminescence: Congregational Transitions and Transformations

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby November 15, 2020



Rev. Sarah looks at what’s ahead for High Street as High Streeters move through a time of transition into an unknown future. Diwali, the Indian Hindu festival of lights celebrated at this time of year offers a symbol of lights that illuminate our journey, ensuring we reach our destination and affirming all that is life-giving and bringing a quality of deeper understanding to our lives. How can we light the way for High Street on this journey?

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Beyond Elections

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby November 8, 2020



Without knowing what we will be facing on November 8, we know with certainty that we will need to be developing a way forward, together. Rev. Sarah and Lori Johnson plan to lead us in a Sunday service that holds this moment with care and looks for what we are called to do–for ourselves, for each other, for our shared future.

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