Generosity is contagious. When we experience someone else sacrificing on our behalf, or on the behalf of someone else, we want to do the same. Join us as we explore the heart and soul of spiritual abundance and how it pertains to our mission in the world.
Abundance (our theme for the month) offers rich spiritual practices of gratitude and letting go of things that weigh us down, material and spiritual. But it also has a real physical component: that there is a enough food, shelter, safety for everyone. Join us as we seek to restore the harm of Prosperity Gospel teachings through reclaiming theologies of spiritual as well as material abundance.
Mandy Goheen, a visiting UU minister will be joining us in the pulpit. What does it mean to be a welcoming congregation in 2019? What tools do we need to get folks to keep coming back? How clear communication, strong covenants, and good boundaries create a safe and welcoming space.
UU minister Scott Tayler writes, “Our lives are not just made up of stories; they are also made by stories.” What we say about ourselves, what we can do, what kind of person we are, has tremendous power over what we actually do and the kind of person we actually become. But we are not merely actors of stories that have been handed down to us. We are called to be story-makers, directors, authors of the stories that shape our lives. Come join us as we explore the power of story and our potential to write new stories for ourselves, our country and the world.
Today, a long-time friend of our congregation, Dr. Andrew Manis, Professor of History at Middle Georgia State University, will fill our pulpit. Andy has taught college students for thirty-five years, the last nineteen at MGA. He has written or edited five books, most notably the history of race relations in Macon called Macon Black and White. His biography of Birmingham, Alabama’s Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, A Fire You Can’t Put Out, has won several book awards and whose film rights have been optioned by Emmy-nominated producer Marsha Oglesby, in hopes of a feature film or limited series. His Sermon for today is titled, “Preaching on Race: Breaking the Sound of Silence,” which is part of his current book project.
Muhammad Ali said, “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Today we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King who helped us reconsider the line between possible and impossible, whose rebellious imagination and audacious dreams have enabled us to dream and believe in our dreams.
This month we turn from the theme of mystery (December’s theme) to possibility. I don’t know about you but I am not “feeling” possibility. It seems too far out of reach, too bight and glaring for this time of year, this time in our country and world when arctic icebergs are melting and immigrant children are being forever harmed from our inhumane policies and “tender care” jail cells.
So today we look at possibility through not a rose colored lens but the lens of suicide prevention. We consider how helping someone else see possibility in their life can help us see more possibility as well.
New Years has come and gone and many in our American culture are pondering New Year’s resolutions. There is a desire to continue growing and improving as ever-evolving beings.
Today consider a New Year’s resolution not by improving and fixing but as unfolding and deepening. We will plant seeds and consider ourselves as a seed that is perfect just as it is, full of potential, and, with enough resources and care, ready to grow into something not yet imagined.